When you say the word ‘Sharjah’ to UAE residents, words that spring to mind will most likely be: traffic, bad driving and more traffic. Lots of people who work in Dubai choose to live in Sharjah as the cost of rent and living is much less, which makes the journey there and back arduous during the working week.
It’s not the sort of place that many people would think of to go to for a long weekend – but then most people aren’t me. Sharjah is very much positioned as a cultural hub and as such is crammed with museums, art galleries and a heritage area – hence my interested in sniffing around for a weekend.
My verdict: some absolutely beautiful galleries and museums. Likewise the heritage area is really lovely. There is, however, absolutely no need to check into a hotel and spend the night there, like we did. A simple day trip will suffice. There, I’ve saved you 350 dirhams and a night in the world’s coldest hotel room (Sharjah Rotana.)