Being the only emirate with two different coastlines, it is no surprise that Sharjah offers a lot to do for a variety of visitors – from those who love different kinds of watersports to those who just love going to the beach. There is indeed a lot more to Sharjah than its bustling city centre and desert hinterlands.
Both the coastlines of Sharjah, the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, offer rather different experiences to visitors. The beaches of Sharjah are among the most popular places to visit in the UAE. With beautiful blue coasts, any Sharjah beach is a delight to visit. They are ideal for getting out on the water and relaxing in the sun. Many have equipment for sea kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing, as well as loungers and umbrellas.
Try Al Khan for a quick break from the cityscape to views of the Arabian Gulf. In just a five-minute walk from the beach, a visitor can reach the Sharjah Maritime Museum and Sharjah Aquarium. Just south of here is the Mamzar beach, another place to enjoy the waves of the Arabian Gulf. One can also visit the emirate’s east coast territories – Dibba Al Hisn, Kalba and Khorfakkan – for even more choice.
Go kayaking or diving
Kayaking is one of the activities that makes the best of Sharjah weather. And as one of the most popular water sports in Sharjah for friends and family alike, visitors are bound to find the perfect setting to take out a kayak. It is a wonderful way to get up close to nature and explore the coast and inshore waters – especially in Kalba. This mangrove forest is the UAE’s most famous wildlife sanctuary, home to a thriving ecosystem of rare animals and birds. Weaving your way through the forest, you may encounter turtles, crabs and even the critically endangered Arabian collared kingfisher.
For those into something more adrenalin-oriented, Sharjah’s east coast territory of Khorfakkan, one of the most popular Sharjah tourist places and weekend getaways in the UAE, is a must-visit for aspiring and seasoned divers alike. The clear waters here are home to an astounding array of marine species, coral life and even shipwrecks. There are plenty of prime spots within a 20-minute boat ride from the beach and numerous dive centres that organise outings and offer training courses.
Staying on the east coast, tour operators offer dhow cruises that sail north from Sharjah’s Dibba Al Hisn. With a picturesque marina, this town gets its name from the landmark hisn or fort. The cape is dotted with green palm trees along shimmering blue waters, with a wealth of summer activities, including water sports like snorkeling. On a dhow cruise, you will travel along the coastline where steep cliffs rise out of the sea, and may even spot dolphins and turtles.