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Sharjah

Travel Guide Middle East United Arab Emirates Sharjah

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Introduction

Noor Mosque

Noor Mosque

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Sharjah is the third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is located just a short drive northeast of Dubai and has about 850,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

Weather in Shajrah generally is warm to hot and dry. The hottest months are between June and September when temperatures can rise up to 45 °C degrees Celcius or even more. Humidity can be high as well along the coast. Still, the best time to visit are from October to April with warm and dry conditions, although some rainshowers are possible during the wintermonths. Temperatures are mostly between 22 °C and 27 °C during these months.

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Getting There

By Plane

A great alternative for some low-cost airlines to get to the United Arab Emirates is the Sharjah International Airport which has flights to most major cities in the Middle East and also to various cities in India and other countries in southern Asia and eastern Africa. It is the main hub for budget carrier Air Arabia, which has the bulk of flights, including to/from Ahmedabad, Aleppo, Alexandria-El Nouzha, Almaty, Amman, Assiut, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Casablanca, Chennai, Chittagong, Coimbatore, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Goa, Hyderabad, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jaipur, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Kiev-Boryspil, Latakia, Luxor, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi, Nagpur, Najaf, Peshawar, Riyadh, Samara, Sana'a, Tehran-Imam Khomeini and Thiruvananthapuram.

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Sharjah Mega Mall

Sharjah Mega Mall

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Al Sharq HotelP.O. Box. 20201hotel-
Ruby Living CourtsAl Khan area Facing the beachApartment-
Jormand Hotel Apartment SharjahaKing Faisal RoadApartment-
Coral Beach Resort SharjahCity CenterApartment-
Ewa Suites Hotel Ajman (formerly Coral Ajman)Al Hamidiyah Street AjmanHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are fairly common in the larger cities, and web censorship is at times odd, but rarely obtrusive. Free wifi is rolled out over the country, starting with Abu Dhabi en Dubai in 2014 and 2015, and many places like hotels, restaurants, bars and coffee places have free wifi as well.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code is 971. Emergency numbers include 999 (police), 998 (ambulance) and 997 (fire), though the general 112 number can be used as well.

The mobile phone network uses the GSM technology and use is widespread. The format for dialing is: +971-#-### ####, where the first "#" designates the area code. Key area codes include Dubai (4), Sharjah (6) and Abu Dhabi (2). Calls to mobile phones use the operator's area codes: (50/56) for Etisalat and (55) for Du.

If you bring your own cellphone, be sure to switch off roaming to avoid high costs, or otherwise purchase a local SIM card from Du or Etisalat. You need your passport with valid visa to purchase the SIM card.

Post

Emirates Post provides services in the country. It's fairly affordable and reliable and many post offices keep long hours from Saturday to Thursday, usually from around 7:30am to 8:00pm or even a little later. Most are closed on Fridays, though some are open for a few hours. If you want to send packages internationally, you might want to use companies like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced. A good alternative is the country's own Empost UAE.

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