Restaurants serve a mix of authentic Emirati dishes and global delicacies. Establishments like Milas Restaurant focus on tradition cuisine like shrimp meze and chicken halloumi, while Golden Fork Restaurant offers diners a taste of the sea.
Al Qasba is one of the more popular tourist spots thanks to its cultural diversity and broad range of attractions, like the Al Qasba Musical Fountain, Eye of the Emirates Wheel and relaxing Sharjah boat tours.
Arabic is the official spoken language in Sharjah, with many locals and businesses within tourist areas speaking English. Learning a few basic phrases in Arabic is advised to help you in your day-to-day activities.
There are many museums to choose from in the emirate, but a stop in the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization will give a unique insight into this rich culture. The breath-taking King Faisal Mosque sits in the heart of Sharjah is the largest mosque in the emirate, standing in a 12,000 square-metre area. The Sharjah Aquariumi s home to more than 150 species of aquatic life. Although small, the Arabian Wildlife Center has a good collection of animals, and children are sure to enjoy the walk-in aviary. If you're looking for activities to entertain the whole family, head to the Al Majaz Waterfront.
Hot summers and mild winters characterise the climate in Sharjah. Beginning in April and lasting until October, the summer offers average high temperatures of around 40°C, with lows that rarely dip below 30°C. There is almost no rainfall or breeze to provide reprieve from the heat. Winter is the most popular time for tourists as the temperatures remain a hot, yet pleasant average of 30°C. The season lasts from November until March, with a small amount of rainfall from January onwards.
Throughout the year, the intense heat calls for light and loose clothing, though modesty must be shown in public areas out of respect for the local culture. Women can wear swimwear in hotel swimming pools and at the beaches, as long as a top is worn. Men are less restricted; however they should not walk in public streets and areas without wearing a shirt. Sunglasses, sun cream and a protective hat are all must-have items. Be sure to take some sort of jacket or sweater when visiting hotels or the cinema, as the air conditioning can be fierce. It is especially recommended that you dress more conservatively during Ramadan.