Heart of Sharjah
Heart of Sharjah
4.5
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4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Welcome to the Heart of Sharjah In every city, there is a place that sets its heartbeat and defines the pulse of the city, reflecting its history, echoing its ethos and mirroring its spirit. That's what Heart of Sharjah is. A project interwoven into the very history and fabric of Sharjah. Heart of Sharjah is the largest historical preservation and restoration project in the region. Planned over a 15 year period, to be completed by 2025, it seeks to revitalize the heritage district as a vibrant cultural destination by unraveling a glorious past - restoring historical buildings, constructing new structures following traditional Sharjah architecture and transforming them into hotels, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and markets, where the current generations and the future generations can experience Sharjah's cultural and social fabric.
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KH4KI
London, UK291 contributions
Hats off to the Emirate of Sharjah that how greatly they have restored the old town which contains many stories in its alleys.

It takes you back in time and you feel how people would be living here.
There are also cafes and shops to make you enjoy more and also feel the times.

Sharjah is the only Emirates in UAE like Ras Al Khaimah which has the oldest inhabitance and comes in old books.
Written June 19, 2021
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sofia
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
heart of sharjah; An old-fashioned place. The history tells it there are many old markets if you need fabrics or gifts or kinds of perfume. There are also museums that tell the city's ancient history. Thanks to all the people working at this wonderful place, especially Mr. Hani who was very friendly with us and the kids. I recommend everyone to visit this place
Written November 12, 2021
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OHonoluluO
Tacoma, WA156 contributions
Sharjah has been rebuilding their heritage sites and visiting them is a must. Displays are excellent and descriptions are in English and Arabic.
Written March 11, 2020
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Lloyd
11 contributions
Solo
A treasure for the soul, experience historical and architectural marvel in the very heart of Sharjah.
Written March 21, 2019
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Tea for Two
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates959 contributions
Family
If you want to experience the UAE beyond the glitzy resorts and gigantic shopping malls, this is the place to go. Although it does attract tourists, this area is an authentic neighborhood where residents live and work each day. Highlights are the renovated old souks and the world-class Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) buildings, which always have excellent contemporary art exhibitions. You can walk from the SAF Al Mureijah Square area through the Al Shanasiyah Souq (which has cafes, restaurants and shops) and onto the Sharjah Art Museum. It's also home to some other souqs, such as Souq Al Arsah, one of the oldest in the country, which has handicrafts, souvenirs and antiques. A boutique hotel is under construction in the area and is part of a major renovation of the entire neighborhood.

This is a great area to see some restored (and under restoration) coral-block buildings built in the traditional way. A number of museums are in the area in addition to the art facilities.

We often take visitors to this area and they really enjoy it. Grab a coffee in one of the cafes and enjoy the street life.

There is paid parking at the SAF Al Mureijah Square area, but it is very inexpensive. There is also an excellent cafe here called Fen.

On Fridays, many places don't open until after 4 pm.
Written April 7, 2018
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mingzy
Singapore, Singapore1,792 contributions
Friends
Read from the lonely planet about Sharjah. Local friends said there's nothing there. But since we had time, we popped into Sharjah one day.
It was quiet and peaceful. Hardly any tourists which was refreshing.
The place was being rejuvenated and the lady from the tourism board was kind enough to explain that the Heart of Sharjah would be restored in 10 years time. I think it would be more interesting and vibrant then.
We walked through some parts of the souqs which had been restored already. Not many shops and mainly catering to locals which is quite interesting after several days of touristy traps. Things are reasonably priced. And shop owners are not pushy. We appreciated that.
Most of the women were fully dressed head to toe. Only later on did we realize this area was under strict Islamic law. So please dress appropriately and no alcohol when visiting.
We had a nice authentic lunch at one of the restaurants facing the water.
It was a relaxing afternoon in this quiet little place. Do visit for another view of UAE.
Written January 19, 2017
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Taqui Q
Algarve, Portugal55 contributions
Couples
Heart of Sharjah is great to visit, the information centre has a lot of information on how and what and where.. very friendly and helpful lady gave us all the ins and outs... Still a lot of work to be done, but it looks well laid out and will be educational, and give a great insight into history and culture.
Written March 22, 2018
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JennyAnyStripes
21 contributions
Friends
This is a work in progress. This designated historical/cultural district features restored and simulacra buildings from Sharjah's earliest days. Of special note in terms of architecture is the nice way they've partially scraped the traditional mudding/plastering off of the coral/seashell bricks to display this unique construction style/material in a very artistic way.

The "old souq" is also fun and has some nice little bits and pieces in it for souvenirs as well as one shop with truly outstanding contemporary textile work.

Adjacent to the corniche, it provides a nice walk, some nice historic/cultural exhibits and a nice place to sit and have tea in the shade. All-in-all a nice contrast to the determined modernity of the area.
Written March 30, 2017
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MC0777
Oulu, Finland7,102 contributions
Solo
Heart of Sharjah project is located in modern-day Sharjah and is in close proximity to the Sharjah Corniche and other Emirates. The geographic location is actually the epicentre and origin of Sharjah. It was here where the first families took up residence in their new stone-built homes. It was here, where the first seeds of tradition were sown.
Written April 24, 2016
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Aya
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Family
Nice place, the old souks are great, you can walk around and buy in the old themed souks in Sharjah city; The place needs illuminated panels with a map guiding the ways of getting around and knowing the place; Had it not been for the meeting with Mr. Hani, who helped us a lot and gave us information about the markets and museums in the heart of Sharjah, we would have walked without knowing. Thank you very much, Mr. Hani; The place needs another visit
Written November 8, 2021
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