Despite its rich cultural backdrop, the city has plenty to offer the modern tourist. If you travel to Sharjah with children, there is plenty here to amuse them, such as the Arabian Wildlife Centre. There you will see native flora and fauna, including reptiles, nocturnal animals and big cats, all encamped in a temperate building.
Alternatively, the Planetarium, close to Sharjah Bridge, offers unparalleled views of the night sky and is the perfect venue for star-gazers of all ages.
For a taste of what modern Sharjah has to offer, head to Al Qasba, the city’s extraordinary entertainment complex. Soak up the view from the Eye of Emirates Wheel, relax by the Musical Fountains or even take a Sharjah River cruise.
The emirate also has beaches bathed in Gulf sunshine, and caressed by crystal waters. You can laze on the sand, or get involved in the huge variety of water-sports available, from scuba-diving to jet-skiing. Al Corniche and Al Khan beaches are among the most popular.