Sharjah is a destination with rich history, culture, and scenic locations. Between history and scenery, there’s plenty that makes the Emirate of Sharjah a significant travel destination for those exploring the UAE. Here is a list of some of the most iconic landmarks you need to explore when visiting the city.
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 with a capacity to accommodate over 25,000 worshippers. 5000 worshippers, with allocated seating for 610 women, can be accommodated inside.
The structure, an abiding symbol of faith, is a must-visit to take 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. The layout includes a café, gift shop, open spaces, and areas for non-Muslims.
The Central Souk was opened in 1979 and since then has become the biggest and best-known souk in Sharjah. 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 specialties 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 are capable of recreating a design using just a drawing.
A unique modern art installation created by the London and Berlin-based Random International, Rain Room offers visitors an inspirational and truly magical experience. The installation 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 liters of self-cleaning, and 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 the main family attractions in Sharjah is situated on the northern shores of Khalid Lagoon. It is a beautifully landscaped garden that is home to more than 85 plant species and is dotted with modern sculptures. The island’s centerpiece is the Butterfly House, where you can see over 500 exotic butterflies from all over the world. There is also a playground for the kids and the Literature Pavilion, which offers a tranquil, cozy setting to relax or read. The island hosts several art installations, including the world-famous OVO structure.
The flagpole on this island, which towers an astounding 123 meters, 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 amphitheater accommodates concerts and shows all year long.