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Sharjah Tourism Development Authority is implementing new measures for the benefit of the Sharjah tourist trade . The variety of scenery in Sharjah is a major attraction for tourist groups from all over the world. The beautiful desert and beaches of Sharjah attract visitors. Popular diving sites can be found on both coasts with mainly wreck diving in the Arabian Gulf and natural sites on the East Coast.

 

Al Hisn:

Located in the heart of old Sharjah, in Al Shukh district, is this two-storey fort, originally constructed in 1820. Now a museum, the rooms exhibit a world of local history and charm including old coins and weighing scales, jewellery, arms and ammunition, a window to the pearl trade, and several interesting photographs and maps.

Islamic Museum:

The Islamic Museum near Al Qassaba Square showcases the different aspects of Islamic heritage. There are manuscripts in Arabic, pottery items, scientific instruments, and glass and metallic items on display in the museum. The museum is opened on weekdays, except Monday on 0900 to 1300 and 1700 to 2000 hours.

 

Sharjah Natural History Museum & Desert Park - Approximately 28 kms from Sharjah is the desert park which provides a living showcase of the wonderful world of desert ecology, flora and fauna. The park also contains the state-of-the-art museum which takes you through time, looking at man and his environment, and the fascinating world of the deserts and seas, both past and present. Among the many wonders is a real meteor and a fossilized thigh bone of a dinosaur.

The world's largest captive breeding center, a haven for the endangered Arabian leopard, is another attraction. The botanical garden exhibits several ecosystems and their flora, including wet wadi and mountain plants.

Other interesting places include the Sharjah Science Museums and Learning Center, a must for young children; the Archaeological Museum; the Planetarium; the Sharjah Art Museum; and the Art Center.

Souks:

Apart from museums Sharjah is known as its Souks and mainly Blue Souk that is called so because of its distinct blue vaulted roof. Souk Al Arsah is the oldest souk in Sharjah and was the heart of trade for many centuries in the past. Other important souks are Old bazaar or Iranian Bazaar and Al Majarrah Souk.

Majlis of Ibrahim Mohammed Al Midfa - Located between Souq Al Arsah and the waterfront, it is noted for its noted for its unique round windtower. On display are several small yet interesting items, a personal collection donated by the majlis owner, Al Midfa.

Heritage Museum:

Located in the renovated two-storey Al Naboodah family house, the oldest in Sharjah, is this museum. Each room has a different theme. The Arabian Gulf Room, the Children's Room and the Kitchen are the major draws. Traditional costumes and jewellery, old doors, clay and copper pots, chests , and traditional games are on display.

Majlis of Ibrahim Mohammed Al Midfa - Located between Souq Al Arsah and the waterfront, it is noted for its noted for its unique round windtower. On display are several small yet interesting items, a personal collection donated by the majlis owner, Al Midfa.

Other attractions in Sharjah include Hisn al Sharjah or Sharjah Fort, Majilis Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al Midfaa, Sharjah University City, and magnificent buildings of Sharjah. Khor Kalba is an important nature reserve with mangroves and Kalba specie of the white collared Kingfisher. The reserve is situated south of Fujairah.

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