• Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Explore Sharjah city, the capital of Dubai’s neighboring emirate of Sharjah, on this 4.5-hour tour from Dubai. Sharjah is sometimes called the ‘Pearl of the Gulf,’ and boasts a beautifully restored Old Town of heritage areas, museums and souks. Visit premier sights such as Sharjah Fort, originally built in 1820; see the grandiose King Faisal Mosque; and learn about local life through the ages at the Sharjah Heritage Museum. Lastly, scout out traditional handicrafts and other goodies at two colorful Sharjah markets —the Souq Al Arsah and Souq Al Markazi.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Sharjah City Sightseeing Tour - The Pearl of the Gulf

Al Naboodah House, Sharjah

Your 4.5-hour tour starts with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel and a drive to Sharjah, one of Dubai’s neighboring emirates.

Situated on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Sharjah is the UAE’s third-biggest city and centers around a restored Old Town that boasts lovely heritage areas, souks and museums.

On route, hear about Sharjah’s history from your guide and stop first at Sharjah Fort, a restored fortress-palace originally built in 1820 by Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

Head inside to view the courtyard, walls and original Al Kubs tower, and walk through the museum to chart Sharjah’s past, its ruling families and life in the city 200 years ago.

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.

Venture into the heritage area and visit the Sharjah Heritage Museum. Go inside to explore the galleries that offer fascinating insights into different aspects of Sharjah’s heritage, from the local desert to customs and everyday life here, past and present.

Afterward, stroll around the Souq Al Arsah, believed to be the UAE’s oldest market and where Persian, Asian and Arab traders once dealt their wares. Browse the stalls selling goodies such as pashminas, coffee pots and jewelry and perhaps snap up souvenirs (own expense) if anything takes your fancy.

Lastly, visit another of Sharjah’s marketplaces, the Souq Al Markazi. Delve inside to peruse everything from designer goods to carpets and traditional Emirati handicrafts.

Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.

Customer Reviews

Vanessa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Best tour I've ever had so far ! If you like to learn about the culture and history of the emiratis, I highly recommend this tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The tour operator has arranged for hotel pickup and drop kindly call the tour operator 2 days before the tour to inform your UAE mobile number and hotel details English speaking guide. The whole Sharjah tour was awesome. I really enjoyed the tour eventhough it was just a 4 hour tour short. So I request everyone to combine Dubai city tour and Sharjah city tour into one day and inform the tour operators in advance.

Narayanswami S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

5 hour tour. Picked us up at our hotel in Dubai. A 20 mt. ride to neighboring Sharjah City. Apparantly many people live in Shajah and commute to Dubai daily as it tis cheaper to live here. The best part of our tour was visiting the Islamic museum, King Faizal mosque, Sharjah heritage center and last but not least visit to the 2 markets where you could get all kinds of thiings to buy. This Emirate has a tranquil quality and few beaches. Though we did not see too many people in the beach were told that they'll arrive later in the evening when it is cooler. Sharjah is called the pearl of the gulf for the right . This trip in my opinion was well worth, inexpensive and wouldn't miss it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Really enjoyable afternoon! The best part of this tour is the Islamic Museum, which is beautiful and well organized. Sharjah is an active city, but much calmer than Dubai. Would recommend just for the trip to the museum.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

It was great! The guide is very nice. You get to know all the important places of the city, and they let you have all the time you need to take your pictures with no rush.

Mariawati O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Sharjah is full of Islamic cultural tradition. Good trip to the blue souq. Recommended for the tour to be a full day instead of half day.

Kevin Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour, beautiful architecture, well informed guide and plenty of time for photos.


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

alciobanu Romania

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

Alan G

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.

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