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Private Tour: Sharjah City Highlights from Dubai

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Overview

Discover the must-see sights of Sharjah, the neighboring emirate to Dubai, on this 4.5-hour private tour. With your own private guide beside you, leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan, and delve into the intriguing city of Sharjah, with its quaint Old Town of souks, museums and heritage attractions. Admire the gleaming King Faisal Mosque; visit the restored, 17th-century Sharjah Fort and fascinating Sharjah Heritage Museum; and delve into the colorful stalls of Al Arsah Souk and Al Markazi Souk as your guide sheds light on Sharjah’s history and rich cultural heritage.
  • 4.5-hour private tour of Sharjah with transport from Dubai
  • Stop for photos in front of Sharjah’s largest place of worship, King Faisal Mosque
  • Visit the historical fort of Al Hisn and admire its traditional Emirati architecture
  • Learn about the city’s history while exploring Sharjah Heritage Museum
  • Shop for souvenirs at two exciting Sharjah souks: Souq Al Arsah and Souq Al Markazi
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide
After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, travel by air-conditioned minivan into the neighboring emirate of Sharjah for your private 4.5-hour tour.

On route, hear about the history of the city of Sharjah, the emirate’s namesake capital, set on the shores of the Arabian Gulf and nicknamed the Pearl of the Gulf. Learn how the city boasts a lovely, restored Old Town complete with a fort, heritage areas, souks and museums.

As you travel, let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of during your visit. Your tour is private so your itinerary can be tailored to your interests.

Stop first at the imperious King Faisal Mosque, Sharjah’s largest mosque. Stroll around the exterior to admire the domes and minarets as your guide explains how the mosque was a gift from Saudi Arabia’s king in 1987.

Continue to Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn Fort) to explore this beautifully restored 19th-century outpost. Hear how it was once home to the Al Qasimi family — Sharjah’s rulers — and head inside to view the traditional Emirati architecture and artifacts.

After a visit to Sharjah Heritage Museum to learn more about Sharjah’s fascinating past, visit two of the city’s most popular souks.

Hear about the importance of the markets to Emirati life, and head to Souk Al Arsah. Browse the stalls hawking everything from pashminas and khanjars (daggers) to herbs and spices, and hear how the souk originated when Persian traders sold their wares here over 50 years ago.

Continue to the Al Markazi Souk, where the shops sell gold, jewelry, silk and carpets. Get some free time to buy souvenirs (own expense) before finishing your tour with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sharjah
After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, travel by air-conditioned minivan into the neighboring emirate of Sharjah for your private 4.5-hour tour. On route, hear about the history of the city of Sharjah, the emirate’s namesake capital, set on the shores of the Arabian Gulf and nicknamed the Pearl of the Gulf. Learn how the city boasts a lovely, restored Old Town complete with a fort, heritage areas, souks and museums. As you travel, let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of during your visit. Your tour is private so your itinerary can be tailored to your interests.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Al Noor Mosque
On route, hear about Sharjah’s history from your guide and stop first at the picturesque Buhairah Corniche with a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Noor Mosque before proceeding to the largest mosque in Sharjah, King Faisal Mosque for some pictures.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
King Faisal Mosque
Next, continue to the King Faisal Mosque, the largest of the emirate’s 300 mosques. Admire the splendid building and learn how it was built to accommodate 15,000 worshippers.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
Next visit the Islamic Civilization Museum, celebrating Islamic contribution to the World Heritage.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Souk Al Arsah
Then drive to Sharjah’s ‘Old Town’ for a stroll through the restored traditional Souk Al Arsa market.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sharjah Heritage Museum
Visit Sharjah Heritage Museum for a glimpse of a traditional family home and typical Arabian Gulf architecture.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Souk Al-Markazi
The last stop before returning is at Souk Al Markazi– a treasure trove of carpets, jewellery and handicrafts. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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The tour was excellent. Special...
novotny
, Nov 2015
The tour was excellent. Special thanks to the guide Mr. Garmeny ? who really was very knowledgeable, professional and generally pleasant.
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Since having problems with previous...
DAVID L
, Jul 2013
Since having problems with previous two tours in Dubai, we were given a different driver for this one. He was excellent and the tour was very interesting. He took us to the museum which was great and other places of interest. Plenty of photo stops. He didn't rush us and it was a very enjoyable morning. We were told by our previous day's guide that there was nothing to see in Sharjah. There was plenty. Would recommend this tour.
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a different way to look at an...
Tony H
, Sep 2011
a different way to look at an intereting city. a lovely guide.

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