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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:  4.5 hours

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Discover the city that's dubbed the 'Pearl of the Gulf' on this tour from Dubai to Sharjah, the third-largest city in the United Arab Emirates. Noteworthy sights and attractions are just waiting to be explored in this nearby city, including Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn Sharjah) and impressive Faisal Mosque. Visit the Sharjah Heritage Museum for a look at Arab history, religion and culture, and pick up some Middle Eastern souvenirs at Souq Al Arsah and Souq Al Markazi, the largest markets in the emirate.


  • Sharjah tour from Dubai
  • See why many call this bustling city the 'Pearl of the Gulf'
  • Visit Sharjah Fort and grand Faisal Mosque
  • Gain insight into Arab culture and history at the Sharjah Heritage Museum
  • Find local treasures and snatch souvenirs at Souq Al Arsah or Souq Al Markazi

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What You Can Expect

Sharjah City Sightseeing Tour - The Pearl of the Gulf

Al Naboodah House, Sharjah

After pickup from your Dubai hotel, drive just 25 minutes north to Sharjah, the third-largest city in the United Arab Emirates, perched on the Persian Gulf.

Visit Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn Sharjah), a renovated fortification originally constructed in 1820 as the royal residence for Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi. A masterpiece of traditional Arab architecture, the fort has withstood many social, political, commercial and military developments and changes in the region. Today it is open to the public as a museum.

A highlight of your tour is Faisal Mosque, the largest of the 300 mosques in the emirate of Sharjah, sprawling over 39,370 square feet (12,000 sq m).

Continue to the Sharjah Heritage Museum, which gives you unique insight into Arab culture. Each gallery focuses on a different aspect of local life, including religious values, marriage celebrations, burial rituals and desert life.

Take time to wander the adjacent market, Souq Al Arsah, one of the oldest souks in the country. Where traders from Persia, India and surrounding Arab nations would once stock up on supplies, now you'll find local vendors selling artisan goods such as pashminas, dallahs (coffee pots), herbs, spices and jewelry to tourists. It's a great place to pick up some authentic wares.

If nothing here quite catches your eye, you'll have another chance to get souvenirs at Souq Al Markazi, a treasure trove of Middle Eastern carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.

You'll be returned to your Dubai hotel to conclude your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thank you very much for an excellent and interesting tour. Shiju, our driver, picked us up at the hotel and was patiently waiting at all the dfferent locations. We met Gamini our guide in Sharjah and throughout the tour he thoroughly explained the history of Sharjah, pointed out daily life issues, answered questions about the Islam, the UAE and its people and presented interesting buildings, museums, mosques, the renovated fort of Sharjah, and monuments. Most interesting for me was the museum of civilizations as well as the highly recommended Heritage Museum. I found this museum even more interesting than the one in Dubai. At the end there was a good opportunity to stroll through the Al Arsa Souk as well as through the Al Markazi souk.
Well worth. All together a good opportunity to explore an area outside of Dubai where the majority of the working families live, Sharjah, that showcases many more interesting museums and an exiting history. Konrad Richter, New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

well organised tour. the most impressive sight was the museum of islamic civilization, the best museum in the uae. highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent value. Our private guide Gabor was fantastic-he was extremely interesting and informative and very entertaining throughout. He took us to many interesting venues- especially the museums. Sharjah was a great place to visit even during Ramadan-it was far more relaxed than we expected as long as you observe a sensible dresscode. The locals were very friendly. We would definitely like to stay so we could see it in more depth and as an alternative to Dubai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Excellent, the tour guide has a very good knowleged, he ask all the question, was very friendly.
In the tour we saw more thing that the ones we expected.
Would highly recommend tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

There were only my wife and I during this trip, and we were lucky to have a knowlegable senior tour guide. TY.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent, informative tour with a guide who really knew what he was talking about. I've lived in the UAE for several years and this has been the best tour so far. The guide has lived in Sharjah for many years and we found him really interesting to listen to. Would highly recommend tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Good trip unfortunately many attraction were closed due to Ramadan, however the guide was excellent and took us to some other interesting places.

Janise M C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

I really enjoyed this tour. It was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Knowledgeable and helpful guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Was quite impressed, well worth it.

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