Sharjah is just a short journey from Dubai and it’s easy to get there using public transport from Dubai. Although we only spent a day looking around Sharjah I got the very clear sense that the place is a bit of a poor relation compared to Dubai. I liked it, as it felt much more down to earth and we didn’t encounter any other tourists.
Getting to Sharjah from Dubai
We were staying next to the Airport so we took the subway from there to Deira Station and then walked 300 metres to Deira City Centre Bus Station. There’s a bus every half an hour to Sharjah. The ticket was not expensive and we managed to get prime seats at the top of the double decker bus.
This one’s not for the faint hearted and definitely not for animal lovers. Not only are there lots of birds and related products in and near the bird market, but there are also lots of other pets. It’s all a bit grim, but is the real world.
Good cheap food from Bangladesh was on our lunch menu. A simple place costing little, but the chicken curry providing a lot of taste. The friendly owner threw in some curried fish eggs for free! All washed down with a couple of cups of chai masala.
Al Hisn Fort, creek, Mosque, goldsmiths
This was all on our walking trail. Interestingly we did not encounter any tourists at all as we wandered around.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
This was a real treat. A fantastic Museum which was more like four museums in one. It was inexpensive and we felt like we had a private viewing as there was no one there. We spent a few hours just wandering around the different sections.
Going to Sharjah was a good way to spend a day and the Museum was one of the best.