Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development
Authority is implementing new measures for
the benefit of the Sharjah tourist trade
. The Authority acts as coordinator to this
sector. The development and improvement
of tourism in Sharjah is given high priority.
The visitors' experiences in Sharjah are
to be optimized in order to attract more
is the third largest of the seven states
which form the United Arab Emirates.
settlement of Sharjah dates back some
6,000 years when it is believed to have
been called Sarcoa. The population was
small and people relied on trade and sea
faring in addition to, farming, hunting,
fishing and pearling. Many of the early
settlements were based around the 'falaj',
a man made underground water course.
the following pages, you will find information
about the history, culture, heritage and
the language of Sharjah and the Arab world
the UAE, the warm greetings and friendly
smiles of Arabic hospitality combine with
the variety of food to make eating more
than just an interesting experience.
has an increasing number of restaurants
and cafes offering a choice of cuisine
from all over the world at prices to suit
has been a major Middle East tourist Destination
since 1932! Tourists intending to visit
Sharjah do not have to go far to get what
they are interested in. That's why Sharjah
was the first emirate to attract tourist
groups in 1980. Since then, tourism has
developed in leaps and bounds.
Organized tours in Sharjah range from
half day trips to one or even two night
safaris. Tour operators will arrange desert
diving, shopping tours, camel riding,
sand boarding, sand skiing and dune buggy
driving. Orient Tours and SNTTA are two
of the largest tour operators in Sharjah.
Most hotels in Sharjah have special packages
during the summer and during the Holy
month of Ramadan.