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.