This fascinating excursion takes you to what is considered by many to be the Pearl of the Gulf, that being Dubai's neighboring emirate, Sharjah. Drive from Port Rashid to the northern coast and Sharjah, the third largest of the seven emirates. Recognized as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO, it boasts some of the most remarkable architecture in the country and the largest mosque in the UAE, the King Faisal Mosque.
Following photo stops at the Quran Roundabout, the American University and the grand Majarrah Souq with its intricate mosaics and golden dome, you'll enjoy a visit to the 150-year-old Al Naboodah House, now known as the Sharjah Heritage Museum and the oldest house in the emirate. Traditional costumes and jewelry, old doors, clay and copper pots, elaborate chests, and traditional games can be found on display here. Sharjah is also famous for its souqs, both traditional and new, and is considered a virtual delight for bargain hunters. A stroll through the adjacent Al Arsa souk is also included before continuing on.
Accordingly, your tour of Sharjah ends with stops at both the Fish, Fruit and Vegetable market and its largest market, the Blue Souq or Central Market. Situated on the picturesque Khaled Lagoon, Souq Al Markazi, also known as the Blue Souq, is remarkable for its mix of modern and traditional Islamic architecture and the eclectic variety of goods found within its 600 shops. After an adventurous walking tour of the souq, you'll rejoin your coach for the return to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking and/or standing, and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Hats and comfortable walking shoes are recommended and out of respect for local customs, clothing must cover your knees and arms.