Visiting Sharjah These Five Iconic Landmarks Are For You

Immerse yourself in the charm of this city as you explore its renowned cultural sites, picturesque waterfronts, and vibrant souks
There is no shortage of remarkable sights to discover in Sharjah. Photo Credit Shutterstock
There is no shortage of remarkable sights to discover in Sharjah. Photo Credit Shutterstock

Nestled in the UAE, Sharjah is a destination that effortlessly blends a rich history, diverse culture, and stunning natural landscapes. This emirate offers a unique travel experience, enticing visitors with its many attractions. From ancient sites steeped in history to modern architectural marvels, Sharjah is a treasure trove of iconic landmarks. Whether it's wandering through the fascinating Sharjah Heritage Area, admiring the grandeur of the Al Noor Mosque, or strolling along the scenic Al Majaz Waterfront, there is no shortage of remarkable sights to discover. Here is a list of some iconic landmarks you must explore when visiting the city.

Sharjah Mosque

The largest mosque in the emirate, Sharjah Mosque, opened its doors in 2019 after five years in the making. The building occupies 185,806 square metres, accommodating over 25,000 worshippers. Five thousand worshippers, with allocated seating for 610 women, can be accommodated inside. The structure, an enduring symbol of faith, is a must-visit in its magnificence. Surrounded by gardens and water fountains, the domes, minarets, and columns have been created to reflect a distinctive Islamic architectural style. The main prayer hall contains red carpeting, arched windows with stained glass, walls covered in Quranic texts, and a big chandelier in the middle.

Central Souk

The Central Souk was opened in 1979 and has become Sharjah's biggest and best-known souk. Consisting of two air-conditioned buildings and connected by indoor footbridges, the souk houses more than 600 shops. You will find everything from contemporary watches and clothing to genuine regional trinkets and souvenirs. The souk is one of the must-see Sharjah tourist attractions. Shops selling handcrafted goods, regional specialities such elaborate carpets and kilims, handwoven fabrics, and arts and crafts may be found on the upper level. A glitzy series of stores selling Bedouin jewellery, precious stones, gold, and diamonds can be found on the lagoon side. Some artisans in this area can recreate a design using just a drawing.

Flag Island

The flagpole on this island, which towers an astounding 123 metres, is its focal point. The location offers a paved pathway with sitting and observation spots from where you can get a close-up look at the spectacular landmark. The 1971 Design Space on Flag Island hosts exhibitions and courses on modern design, while the 1,000-seat amphitheatre accommodates concerts and shows year-round.

Rain Room
A unique modern art installation, Rain Room offers visitors an inspirational and truly magical experience. The structure has been displayed at the world's most famous museums, including MoMA in New York and Barbican in London and is now a permanent installation in Sharjah. The experience involves the chance to walk through continuous rainfall without getting wet. The Rain Room has 2,500 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water and uses trigger sensors to stop the water from falling in any area where it detects motion. The Rain Room is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection.

Al Noor Island
Al Noor Island, one of Sharjah's leading family attractions, is situated on the northern shores of Khalid Lagoon. It is a beautifully landscaped garden home to over 85 plant species dotted with modern sculptures. The island's centrepiece is the Butterfly House, where you can see around 500 exotic butterflies worldwide. There is also a playground for the kids and the Literature Pavilion, which offers a tranquil, cosy setting to relax or read. The island hosts several art installations, including the world-famous OVO structure.

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