The emirate of Sharjah offers an inviting combination of culture, heritage, art and outdoor activities. Admire the rare artifacts at the Museum of Islamic Civilization, and visit the arts area for a taste of traditional and contemporary art. A walk through the Heart of Sharjah will reward visitors with a glimpse into history, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an exciting 4-wheel drive through the dunes before relaxing on the white beaches or snorkeling through the clear blue waters offshore.
A mere 25 kilometers from Dubai, the Emirate of Sharjah is in the midst of an exciting cultural renaissance, with the Emirate’s largest and most ambitious historical preservation project at its nexus. Here at the Heart of Sharjah, where Islamic heritage meets an inspiring contemporary scene, GHM has converted a collection of historic manor houses into The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, a 53-key Emirati luxury five-star hotel that delivers bespoke services where beauty, unparalleled hospitality and a sense of home become inseparable.
The unique collection of five heritage houses at The Chedi Al Bait were once occupied by local families in their distinct cultural settings. These preserved historic structures paired with newer building compounds are a testament to Sharjah’s rich culture, from its carpentry and woodwork to its classic Emirati hospitality.
When you’re thinking about what to do in Sharjah, the Central Souk should be among your first stops. With a well-known blue tile-trimmed facade - the Central Souk is an iconic landmark on the Sharjah map and is one of the city’s most photographed buildings. This souk is also symbolic of the history of UAE, featuring prominently on the five-dirham note.
With over 600 shops across two levels, you’ll find everything from modern watches and clothing to authentically local trinkets and souvenirs.