Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority
is implementing new measures for the benefit of
the Sharjah tourist trade . The Authority acts as
coordinator to this sector. The development and
improvement of tourism in Sharjah is given high
priority. The visitors' experiences in Sharjah are
to be optimized in order to attract more attention.
Sharjah is the
third largest of the seven states which form the
United Arab Emirates.
of Sharjah dates back some 6,000 years when it
is believed to have been called Sarcoa. The population
was small and people relied on trade and sea faring
in addition to, farming, hunting, fishing and
pearling. Many of the early settlements were based
around the 'falaj', a man made underground water
In the following
pages, you will find information about the history,
culture, heritage and the language of Sharjah
and the Arab world in general.
In the UAE, the warm
greetings and friendly smiles of Arabic hospitality
combine with the variety of food to make eating
more than just an interesting experience.
Sharjah has an
increasing number of restaurants and cafes offering
a choice of cuisine from all over the world at
prices to suit all budgets.
Sharjah has been
a major Middle East tourist Destination since
1932! Tourists intending to visit Sharjah do not
have to go far to get what they are interested
in. That's why Sharjah was the first emirate to
attract tourist groups in 1980. Since then, tourism
has developed in leaps and bounds.
Organized tours in Sharjah range from half day
trips to one or even two night safaris. Tour operators
will arrange desert diving, shopping tours, camel
riding, sand boarding, sand skiing and dune buggy
driving. Orient Tours and SNTTA are two of the
largest tour operators in Sharjah. Most hotels
in Sharjah have special packages during the summer
and during the Holy month of Ramadan.