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 attention.
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
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