A couple of days ago, I visited a new area of Sharjah called Al Qasba and I could not believe it was just a 10 minute drive from my home in Dubai. Sharjah is the third largest Emirate in the UAE and it is often considered a lot more conservative than the other Emirates. As I live near the Dubai/Sharjah border, I sometimes find myself passing through Sharjah, although I have never spent the day there. After visiting Al Qasba, I am totally converted and cannot wait to explore more of Sharjah!
Al Qasba is a canal-side complex that offers a number of activities as well as restaurants and cafes. Primarily as a centre for arts, there are regular exhibitions and events too. There are boats that you can rent, bicycles, playground areas and more!
Even looking back now at the photos, I cannot believe how beautiful this place is! The grounds are so well kept, it is such a lovely place to walk around, or to just sit and have a coffee. As I said previously, I have passed through Sharjah before, but usually in the very local or industrial areas. Al Qasba is such a hidden gem and I am so glad I found it.
We continued to walk along the canal. I would have loved to rented a boat but the sun was burning down and it was just too hot! I will definitely return in the winter once it has cooled down. We then spotted a colourful mural and the most stunning bridge.
Sharjah or Rio de Janiero?
I said this a lot in my previous post, but it genuinely felt like we were in a different country! The UAE is full of surprises and I love discovering the quieter, not so well known areas of this country. We continued to the bridge and took more pictures as we were impressed by how colourful it was. I have always dreamt of sitting on the famous Selarón steps in Rio de Janeiro – it almost felt like that!
Cafes & Restaurants
There are lots of eateries either side of the canal, from ice cream parlours to Arabic cuisine – they even have a Nando’s too! I cannot wait to see this place in the cooler months as I imagine it will be swarming with people. It was pretty hot as this point so we decided to get a cold drink instead but I would love to come back and eat here.
I was so impressed by Al Qasba and I would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to discover somewhere new outside of Dubai. I also noticed how cheap it was in Sharjah compared to Dubai. For example, a slush puppy drink along La Mer or JBR would probably cost around 25 AED (£5/$7), whereas in Sharjah, it only cost 5 AED (£1/$1.30) – bargain!
Sharjah is definitely an underrated Emirate and I would encourage anyone to explore it. Next time, I would like to visit Al Majaz Watefront and The Rain Room.
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