Private Tour: Sharjah City Highlights
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Get to know Sharjah’s incredible history and culture on a half-day trip from Dubai, led by a private guide! The comprehensive 4.5-hour excursion introduces you to the city’s must-visit sites, such as the striking King Faisal Mosque, historical fort of Al Hisn, Sharjah Heritage Museum and more. Lose yourself in the shoppers’ paradise of Souq Al Arsah and Souq Al Markazi, and learn all about day to day life in the UNESCO-listed city.
Leave Dubai with your private guide and travel north to Sharjah, the coastal city that’s often known as the Pearl of the Gulf. As you travel, chat with your guide about the UNESCO-listed city, and about the things that you want to see. Your itinerary is flexible so if there’s something you particularly want to see, simply let your guide know.
First stop is King Faisal Mosque, Sharjah’s largest place of worship that was gifted to the city by the Saudi Arabian king. Stretch your legs on a stroll around the outside and pose for pictures in front of its towering minarets.
Continue to Al Hisn Sharjah, the city’s historical fortress, and hear how the building was once lived in by Al Qasimi — the city’s ruling family. Stroll around inside and admire the traditional Emirati architecture and artifacts that date back some 200 years. Nearby is Sharjah Heritage Museum, so head here next to browse a fascinating array of exhibits that document the city’s history.
After getting acquainted with the city’s religious history and heritage, head to the souks to discover the importance of these lively markets in everyday Emirati life. Wander through Souq Al Arsah to browse stalls selling colorful pashminas and khanjars (daggers) alongside everyday herbs and spices, and hear stories of the Persian traders who hawked their wares at the souk almost 50 years ago.
Travel on to Souq Al Markazi where stalls brandishing gold and diamond jewelry are sandwiched between silk carpet shops. Enjoy some free time to explore the stalls and shop for souvenirs, and then start your journey back to Dubai. Your tour finishes with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned mini van
- Entrance fees
What isn't included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks