SCTDA is putting the spotlight this year on ecotourism products, outdoor activities, and branded hotels operating in the emirate. All these are still aligned with the target of 10 million tourists by 2021, the UAE’s 50th founding anniversary.
The landscapes of the emirate give the opportunity to offer a huge range of outdoor activities for travelers including dune bashing, sandboarding and trekking through the desert near Mleiha, or kayaking and snorkeling are all possible for outdoor enthusiasts on the east coast. Sharjah is also known as the gateway to authentic Arab art, culture and ancient heritage, offering impressive historical and cultural landmarks. Other top tourist attractions in the emirate include Al Majaz Waterfront and Al Noor Island, which offer a combination of indoor and outdoor relaxing or activity-driven options for visitors such as a splash park, mini golf, and a literature pavilion.
Nature lovers will definitely enjoy watching the beautiful sunrise over the dunes in the Arabian desert, with a once-in-a-lifetime camel ride completing their desert experience. Or they might want to book a morning Desert Safari package to experience the tranquil beauty of the Arabian desert. The village of Mleiha is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and explorers seeking a relaxing experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This major tourist hub perfectly blends archaeological, eco, and adventure tourism.
Many spas and resorts and other key tourism projects are now in the pipeline in Sharjah. In 2018, the five- star luxury Al Bait Hotel opened in the emirate to deliver an authentic Emirati hospitality experience. Representing the best Sharjah has to offer, the hotel exudes Sharjah’s legacy and heritage. Khorfakkan is another tourist attraction, a top spot for divers with Shark Island being the most famous area.
Sharjah has a wide array of leisure and recreational activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family. We have scenic beaches, wildlife and public parks, and other Arabic attractions such as the Kalba area, Eye of the Emirates, and the Al Noor Mosque. The Butterfly House on Al Noor Island is one of the emirate’s newest and most unusual attractions. You will never run out of things to do in Sharjah.