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Get to know Sharjah (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sharjah. To help you make friends with Sharjah before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is the third-largest of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It is an independent Emirate, but basically functions as a suburb for Dubai. Many ex-pats and workers work in Dubai, but live in Sharjah. But just calling Sharjah as a suburb of Dubai would be compromising for Sharjah. Not nearly as many people visit Sharjah as Dubai or Abu Dhabi, but in an increasing amount of people realise that Sharjah is actually worth a visit.

Sharjah is more traditional than neighbouring Dubai, but from the eyes of a tourist rather in architecture than in the people’s behaviour. Most attractions in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, are located near the corniche, a long boulevard of several kilometres around Lake Khalid in the centre of the city. For shopping the Blue Souk (central souk) and the fish market are worth a visit. There are also several museums, like the Archaeology Museum and the Al-Mahatta Museum, that are worth a visit. Along the corniche, you can find plenty of restaurants and cafe; this is the most vibrant part of the city.

The other area in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is the heritage area. As the name already reveals, this is the historical part of the city. The district is dominated by the Al Hisn Fort, but is also home to the Islamic Museum of Civilization and the oldest souk in the country.

The choice for hostels in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is limited and not all hostels in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, offer a high quality. Most Sharjah, United Arab Emirates hostels can also help you book a desert safari or other tours to the desert. If you cannot find a hostel in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, you can also look for a hostel in Dubai, because it is only a short bus ride away. There are also buses to Ajman, the emirate that borders Sharjah to the north, which is also only a short bus ride away.

Written by local enthusiast for Sharjah hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Sharjah hostels Martin Straatman

Your Packing List for Sharjah

Your Packing List for Sharjah

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Other Nearby Cities

Ajman (9 Km / 5 mi.)
Dubai (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Umm Al Quwain (38 Km / 24 mi.)
Ras al Khaimah (73 Km / 46 mi.)
Al Ain (132 Km / 82 mi.)
Abu Dhabi (143 Km / 89 mi.)
Kish (194 Km / 121 mi.)

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