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Picturesque mosques, ancient bazaars, traditional architecture—you'll find them all in Sharjah, the third most important "Emarah" (prince-governed region) in the United Arab Emirates. For archaeology lovers, this city is knee-deep in relics hailing from the Stone Age to the present day, beautifully displayed in the Sharjah Archaeology Museum. Is natural history your thing? Visit the family-friendly Natural History Museum and Desert Park and watch honey being made before sampling the homemade cheese, yogurt and milk. Ready for your Sharjah holiday? Experience it all with Sharjah accommodation perfectly pitched to your budget.
First in line should be the city centre museum network, 18 kilometres from the airport—the city's archaeological, science and natural history museums are favourite haunts among visitors grabbing tickets from the airport touts. Once you've had your fill of culture, visit the old market area for distinct and eclectic shopping, or take a trip to the Blue Souk, Sharjah's most photographed building with its 600 blue-tile-embellished shops. Travelling with kids? The Arabian Wildlife Centre 25 kilometres east of the city is the only place in the UAE where you can see Arabian wolves and caracals, animals otherwise extinct in the region. Finally, don't forget to show off your sportiness by jet skiing in the Khalid Lagoon.
Reach the central hotels in Sharjah by taxi from Dubai International Airport, 26 kilometres to the south. Alternatively, bump elbows with the locals and hop on a bus that will take you to the Sharjah bus station within walking distance of the Blue Souk and the King Faisal Mosque. Across the city, public buses are plentiful, and many of the tourist destinations can be reached on foot.
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Hotels in Sharjah start at NZ$44 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.