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
is the third largest of the seven states which form
the United Arab Emirates.
settlement 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 course.
the following pages, you will find information about
the history, culture, heritage and the language of
Sharjah and the Arab world in general.
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.
has an increasing number of restaurants and cafes
offering a choice of cuisine from all over the world
at prices to suit all budgets.
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.