In Sharjah and the neighboring emirates, apart
from snow skiing, just about every other sport
imaginable is available. From indoor to outdoor
activities, wet or dry sports, for fun or to
learn, for teams or individuals, you name it,
you can do it!'
Since the year 2000, Sharjah, has hosted the
Formula 1 Powerboat Races. The races have proved
Sharjah to be a regional pioneer in hosting
international events that attract worldwide
Formed by an Emiri Decree (5/1996), the sole
purpose of The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism
Development Authority is to become the central
marketing arm of Sharjah Government - devoted
to the promotion of commerce and tourism.
daily tasks include the close liaison with our
fellow authorities, Sharjah's many travel industry
professionals as well as any and all internal
or external marketing organizations or individuals
interested in Sharjah. In case of Sharjah -
these are very enjoyable tasks, indeed!
are proud to say that whether for tourism or
choosing a great place to live and work - Sharjah
is a beautiful modern city - friendly, safe
and secure with an offshore tax base, great
facilities, schools, shopping, green parks,
and clean streets. Come over to Sharjah, relax,
smile, have a coffee and enjoy yourself in a
modern oasis of peaceful fun.
This is a popular game that can be played at
anytime of the year. Please call the centers
below for details of costs, leagues and fun
competitions. It is recommended that you book
Sharjah has a great number of unofficial cricket
pitches! Most weekends one can see a wicket
set up on an open patch of sand with a batsman,
bowler, a number of fielders plus several supporters
turned out for an afternoons entertainment.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium (532 2991) is the only
venue hosting International cricket in the Middle
East. The cricket season runs from mid-September
to the end of May. The local and Bukhatir League
matches are organized by the Sharjah Cricket
Council and two international tournaments are
hosted by the CBFS, in March/April and October/November
respectively. Night Cricket is held annually,
during the Holy month of Ramadan. The stadium
is available for hire. Contact the stadium for
details of membership, forthcoming events and
There are some wonderful hikes, set within the
spectacular mountains and wadis of the UAE,
even in the high Hajar Mountain range. Water,
good socks and walking boots and sun cream are
essential. Routes generally spread by word of
mouth and unless you are sure of the way, it
is best to go in an organized party.
Without the opportunity to snow ski, sand skiing
provides the next best thing! With the aid of
a four-wheel drive, all you need is a big steep
dune and off your go on an exhilarating ride.
Red' as it is affectionately known lies half
way to Hatta, to the left of the main road and
is a popular skiing spot.
In some sports stores they sell 'sand boards'
which are cheaper and more basic snowboards.
For children, a plastic sledge or something
similar is enough to give a lot of fun for anyone.
Riding in the Arab world is a traditional sport
and the Arab thoroughbred is famous worldwide.
Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club (531 1155/531
1188) offers both riding and racing just 20
minutes from Sharjah city.
The school provides training and livery in a
self-contained area with good clubhouse facilities,
150 stables, teaching paddocks, floodlit sand
arena, dressage and grass show jumping arenas.
Lessons are available for both individuals and
groups given by qualified BHSAI (British Horse
Society Assistant Instructor) instructors for
all levels of ability. Advanced riders have
a choice of lessons covering dressage, show
jumping, stable management and endurance racing.
Hacks and desert trails are organised regularly
and weekly riding for the disabled is offered
during the winter months. Other activities include
teaching clinics, Pony Club, annual show jumping
competitions and gymkhanas. Riding at the centre
is by prior appointment and approval only, so
contact the club for further information.
The centres livery service includes stabling,
feeding, grooming and turning out. Air-conditioned
stables can be leased and shoeing and veterinary
services can be provided at an additional cost.
The racecourse with grandstand for 1,500 people
provides outstanding spectator facilities plus
catering and parking. All visitors are welcome
at no charge to attend the meetings held between
November and April.