Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 7 more


Go beyond Dubai’s skyscrapers to experience another face of the UAE on a 5-hour trip to neighboring Sharjah. With its 5,000 year-old roots, the UAE’s oldest city has mosques, old souks and museums offering real insight into the country's traditional culture. Visit the Al-Noor Mosque to learn about Islamic religious practices over coffee and dates, and explore souks, Sharjah fort, and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Dubai hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 5-hour Sharjah sightseeing tour from Dubai
  • Discover the history and culture of neighboring Sharjah, the UAE’s oldest city
  • Visit Al-Noor Mosque for coffee and dates, and learn about Islamic beliefs
  • Explore the craft shops of old Souk Al Arsah, and Souk Al Jubail fish and fruit market
  • Chart Sharjah’s history at Sharjah Fort and Museum of Islamic Civilization
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour with 15 people or fewer
After Dubai hotel pickup, make the short drive to neighboring Sharjah, the UAE’s oldest city.
Learn about Sharjah’s 5,000-year-old origins, and visit the Al-Noor Mosque (Mosque of Lights) on the Al Buhaira Corniche. Admire the exterior of this modern masterpiece, built to echo Ottoman design, and reminiscent of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, and then head inside.
Be greeted by an Emirati cultural ambassador, and refuel with Arabic coffee and dates as you hear tales of the mosque and enjoy a question-and-answer session on Islamic beliefs and religious traditions.
Next, head into old Sharjah and visit Souk Al Arsah, probably the UAE’s oldest marketplace. Stroll the alleyways and peruse the shops selling everything from pearl chests to jewelry, incense and more.
Visit Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn), a rock fort originally built in 1823, and then continue to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, set in a beautifully converted souk.
View the precious artifacts showcasing Islamic art and civilization through the ages, and then make a brief stop at Souk Al Jubail, a state-of-the- art, waterfront food market. Admire the Islamic-inspired architecture and browse the stands before returning to Dubai, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.


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, Sep 2016

Very informative and interesting. A highlight was the lecture attended at the mosque - well worth it. Would recommend this tour for a different perspective of the culture. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable - the small additional cost for a private tour was well worth it and allowed us to make the most of every stop especially when I saw the large tour buses and the guides trying to herd the passengers around!!. .

, Apr 2018

La grande mosquée Sheikh Zayed est dune incroyable beauté, ce joyau architectural nest à manquer sous aucun prétexte. Abbu Dabi, capitale dédiée aux affaires recèle quelque bon point dintérêts mais cela est surtout un voyage dans les arcanes régissant les Émirats arabes unis. Mounir en connait bien le fonctionnement. Passionné et attentionné, votre guide sait vous captiver et titiller vos points dintérêt pour faire de cette excursion une véritable journée de découvertes.

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