Sharjah appears to be a little bit of an enigma for some, the undisputed supply of Dubai’s relentless visitors for others. After which there are those that see it for what it actually is: a metropolis packed to the brim with cultural and culinary choices. Right here, we’ve put collectively an inventory of issues to try this are surprisingly reasonably priced, proving why it’s time you head northeast.
Proper as Rain
Sharjah doesn’t get sufficient love, however the opening of Rain Room is doing its half to draw Dubai residents. This site-specific set up supplies an immersive expertise of steady rainfall, however getting drenched isn’t a priority – your actions will set off movement sensors to pause the rainfall as you stroll by way of the room. You should buy your tickets when you get there, however because the Rain Room is extremely standard (learn: absolutely booked), we advocate shopping for them on-line.
Value: Free for kids 5 and beneath, AED 25 for adults
Al Majarrah, 06 561 0095
Specialising in what is named “calligraffiti”, French-Tunisian artist eL Seed makes use of his work to advertise cross-cultural tolerance and his larger-than-life murals may be seen in every single place from Cairo’s Rubbish Metropolis to a bridge in Paris, a rooftop in Rio de Janeiro, and the minaret of a mosque in Tunisia. In Sharjah, an deserted constructing serves because the canvas for the artist’s first piece of public artwork within the UAE. His mural attracts inspiration from a poem by nineteenth century Iraqi poet and calligrapher Ahmed Bu Sneeda, who spent most of his life in Sharjah.
Subsequent to Al Arabi Toys Centre, Financial institution Road
The most important historic preservation and restoration undertaking within the area, Coronary heart of Sharjah is price a go to for images lovers and historical past buffs alike. Lots of the buildings on this heritage space are former Emirati houses which were restored over time, so conventional courtyards, coral partitions, slim alleys, and hanging lanterns translate to an air of nostalgia. Throwback vibes proceed at Souq Al Arsah – thought-about one of many nation’s oldest souqs – which is situated simply minutes away and residential to shops that promote all the things from old-timey antiques and handicrafts to herbs and spices.
Corniche Road, Mareijah, 06 511 2555
Artwork for Artwork’s Sake
Sharjah Artwork Basis is to Sharjah what Alserkal Avenue is to Dubai – a.okay.a. a hub for artsy varieties and a terrific place to whereas away a Saturday night. Right here await city gardens, a number of artwork exhibitions, alfresco movie screenings, and extra. Our decide? The upcoming Vantage Level Sharjah 10, an annual images exhibition that helps up-and-coming photographers from the area and around the globe.
Al Shuwaiheen, Arts Space, 06 568 5050
A patisserie, a grocery store, a department of Sharjah Co-operative Society, an outpost of Taza Hen, and now an arts centre – meet the aptly named Sharjah construction with 9 lives. Impressed by the Brutalist structure model of the Fifties, The Flying Saucer was not too long ago renovated by Sharjah Artwork Basis and now options new exterior areas, in addition to group gathering areas that embrace a multi-activity café round a sunken courtyard with a specifically curated library and a number of screening partitions. Right this moment, the venue hosts movie screenings, workshops, and different occasions accessible to most people.
Nook of Sheikh Zayed St and Sheikh Humaid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Sq., 06 544 4113
Open E book
Nearly any architectural construction designed by award-winning structure agency Foster + Companions is price a go to, and Home of Knowledge is not any exception. Half-library, part-cultural landmark, this placing vacation spot spans over 12,000 sq. toes and boasts a whopping 305,000 books throughout print and digital in numerous languages. It’s additionally the definitive spot if peace and quiet is what you’re after, courtesy of the library’s futuristic suspended non-public pods. Elsewhere across the premises? Lecture halls, outside studying areas, an auditorium, an eatery, and uninterrupted views of ‘The Scroll’ monument that was designed to appear like an historical Arabic scroll looping 36 metres in direction of the sky.
Al Juraina 1, 06 594 0000
With cooler climate on the horizon, now could be the proper time to flee to to the 45,470-square-metre Al Noor Island, which is finest explored round nightfall. Right here, lighting, literature, artwork, and nature collide, coming collectively to kind a leisure vacation spot that’s meant to foster a way of serenity – a fairly sudden discovery amidst the frenzy of the town. Whereas there’s fairly actually one thing for each age group, youngsters and adults alike are certain to like the Butterfly Home that’s dwelling to just about 500 totally different species of butterflies in an ornately designed constructing impressed by its inhabitants.
Value: AED 10 for kids aged 3 -12, AED 15 for adults
Buhairah Corniche Street, Khalid Lagoon, 06 506 7000
If there’s one factor that life in Dubai has taught us, it’s that costly doesn’t equal scrumptious on the subject of meals. Actually, a few of our favorite native haunts are shockingly reasonably priced, very similar to Al Mukhtar Bakery in Sharjah. A beloved staple within the metropolis’s informal eats scene, this bakery has been churning out pastries, pizza, fateer, and desserts since 1981. Having stated that, it’s nonetheless the manakish that individuals rave most about. And with14 totally different varieties to select from, there’s one thing for even the pickiest palate – Nutella included.
Value: AED 10 for a Labneh & Zaatar manakish
Al Bustan Tower – Block B, Al Etihad Street, 06 531 2228
Whereas Al Majaz Waterfront boasts a number of family-friendly points of interest – suppose: numerous cafés and eating places, inexperienced areas aplenty, a jogging monitor, a powerful mosque, mini golf, Maraya Artwork Park, and extra – it’s the spectacular Sharjah Musical Fountain at this epicentre of leisure that enthralls youngsters each single time. Not solely is it one of many largest within the area, nevertheless it additionally pairs water that shoots as much as 100 metres excessive and 220 metres large with cutting-edge sound, mild, and laser strategies. Add to that the sheer number of reveals, and there’s at all times one thing new to come back again for.
Al Majaz Park, Khalid Lake Path, 06 511 7000
New and Now
Between its fashionable idea shops and conventional choices, Souq Al Shanasiyah is a superb place for an aimless browse. For starters, Dukan Namlet is among the few locations within the nation the place you may give Namlet a attempt. The drink – nonetheless unknown to most residents – dates again to the Twenties and had nearly disappeared by the Eighties, solely to return not too long ago. Espresso aficionados, in the meantime, swear by specialty café Ratios Espresso. Overlooking Sharjah Creek and that includes décor components which were reclaimed from a 60-year-old dhow that was utilized by the merchants of yesteryear, it’s our favorite spot through which to sip a cup of single-origin espresso in Sharjah.
Corniche Road – AlMerijah, Coronary heart of Sharjah, 06 511 2555