Sharjah Science Museum

Another fun and educational place in Sharjah is the Science Museum. Although not big compared to others of its kind, there are many interesting exhibits, most of them interactive. Learn how the heart works or explore optical illusions, test out laws of physics, identify insects and arachnids or find out more about different types of energy. The list goes on. There’s something for all ages and all interests and with the wide range of topics, there’s sure to be something relevant to what children are learning at school.

There are staff with a scientific background on hand (you’ll see them in white lab coats) to explain more about the topics exhibited if you wish. They also run shows in the theatre in the mornings in either Arabic or English according to the visitors they have in at that time.

Every Friday throughout the year there are family workshops in English and Arabic. The workshops last around an hour.

During school holidays they also run bilingual summer camps for one to two weeks. The next one will start on 31 July and registration opens 1 July. The camps run every weekday until 1pm.

The centre also has a free play area for younger children whilst older ones are looking around.

In the foyer, you can find the Science Museum Shop and a cafe.

Opening hours: Sat – Thurs 8am-8pm, Fri 4pm -8pm.

Entrance fee: Adults 10 dhs, children 5dhs.

Location: al Abar, Sharjah (next to Sharjah TV and Archeology Museum, near Quran Roundabout)

Sharjah Classic Cars Museum

If you love looking at old cars or your children are learning about the history of transport, this one is for you.

Take a leisurely walk through the cars of different eras of the 20th century, admire the upholstery, the sleek or chunky designs, travel back down memory lane.

There are a couple of cars that you can actually get in and get the feel of the leather seats and try out the gearstick.

Don’t miss the cars parked near the Classic Cars Club too.

Opening Times: Sat – Thurs 8am-8pm, Friday 4pm – 8pm

Entrance: Adults 10dhs, children 2-12 yrs 5 dhs.

Location: Dhaid/Airport Rd between interchange 4 and 5, just before Sharjah Airport, opposite the Discovery Centre. Take me to the map.

Website: http://www.sharjahmuseums.ae/OurMuseums/Sharjah-Classic-Cars-Museum.aspx

Wasit Nature Reserve

If you’re looking for an oasis of peace in the middle of the city, this is a perfect place to visit.

Wasit Nature Reserve, also known as Wasit Wetlands, is a protected area in Ramtha and is home to over 200 species of birds as well as a number of mammals, reptiles and rare insects. This is due to its diverse landscape – wooded area, salt flats sand dunes and a large lake.

Alongside nearby wetlands like Ajman Creek, it provides a stop off point for migratory birds in the spring and autumn.

From the indoor centre, you can observe a variety of birds in habitats similar to those they would normally live in and you can learn about the various species. There are a few interactive games for children. From the cafe, you can sit and watch flamingoes, herons, etc on the lake.

The centre also has an education room and a theatre where you can watch videos and a shop selling books and souvenirs.

Outdoors, you can take a free trip around the lake in a buggy (a disabled friendly buggy is available). There are eight hides with binoculars at different points around the lake. It’s a five kilometre walk around the lake, although you may have to argue your case to walk round by yourself! If you can, it’s a beautiful walk in the winter. In the hotter months, the buggy trip is doable with the breeze.

On your way round the lake, you’ll probably spot gazelles too.

This is a must-do for birdwatchers and fun for a family outing.

Opening times Sun-Thurs 9am – 5:30pm, closed Tuesday.

Friday 2-6pm

Saturday 11-6pm.

Entrance fees: Adults 15dhs. Children under 15 free.

Location: Al Ramtha, Sharjah (on border with Ajman) It is easy to access from all Emirates from the E311.

(Note: on recent visits, the cafe hasn’t had much other than snacks and cold drinks, but it does offer a great place to sit and enjoy the view)

The Rain Room, Sharjah Art Foundation

 

Are you tired of the heat already? Are you longing for some rain? Why not visit The Rain Room in Sharjah. And the best bit, you can enjoy the rain without even getting wet!

The Rain Room is a permanent art installation and is located in an underground chamber. Due to motion sensors, it doesn’t rain on you even then you’re surrounded by the ‘pouring rain’.

You do have to walk very slowly though so toddlers running around aren’t a good idea unless you don’t mind them getting soaked!

Don’t wear stilettos as they’re liable to get stuck in the metal grid that allows the water to flow through the ground.

Lastly, there’s a nice little coffee shop there too if you need to wait for a turn.

The Rain Room is open Sat – Thurs 9am-9pm, Friday 4pm-9pm

(Ramadan Sat-Thurs 10am-3pm, 9pm – 12am, Fri 9pm-12am)

Adults 25dhs Children 6-12 15dhs, under 5s go free.

Location, next to Al Majarrah Park

The session lasts ten minutes. Six people go in at a time. During holidays, you might want to call ahead and book a slot.

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Emirate of Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the UAE and has stretches across the country. The largest part reaches from the city on the Arabian Gulf inland to the Central Region which includes several cities and towns such as Dhaid, Madam and Maleha.

It also has several enclaves on the East Coast – Dibba al Hisn, Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Khor Kalba and Wadi el Helou. If you visit any of these places, you will notice that they have the same features of the city of Sharjah – local government buildings in Arabic architecture, beautiful mosques, the corniches with attractive gardens, ornate street lamps, play parks and family areas, sports and youth facilities along with educational and cultural facilities such as university campuses, community colleges, libraries, theatres, etc. They are also venues for Sharjah’s numerous festivals, such as the Light Festival and Sharjah Children’s International Film Festival.

Culture plays a large role in Sharjah following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan al Qasimi. It has been named Cultural Capital of the Arab World twice in recent years and is home to many museums (over 25), theatres, heritage areas, sports facilities and youth clubs, and seats of learning. It also hosts several festivals, conferences and forums. All local government buildings are designed in Arabic architectural styles.

Sharjah also has a rich historical past and there are many archeological sites across the emirate.

The emirate is more conservative than others and certain things are not allowed, such as alcohol. It is very family-oriented and provides many facilities for family leisure activities.

Whether it’s seeing wildlife, learning about history, relaxing on the waterfront, visiting museums, there’s something for everyone in Sharjah!