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