An hour’s drive north of Dubai is Sharjah, the third largest city in the UAE and also a winner of the UNESCO Cultural Capital of the Arab World – and it’s easy to see why.
Offering its distinctly unique Middle East charm as a city filled with history and heritage, visitors to Sharjah have access to some of the country’s best cultural sights, including the pre-Islamic Mleiha Archeological Site and the city’s age-old marketplaces.
A stay in Sharjah is the perfect choice for travellers looking for an alternative vacation spot in the UAE, with hotels offering everything from modern city luxuries to historic ambience and romantic desert escapes.
The Chedi Al Bait
The breathtaking result of a conversion project of some of the city’s historic manor houses, The Chedi Al Bait boasts a commitment to both modern luxury and the preservation of heritage.
Alongside fine dining options and a cigar lounge, guests can enjoy exclusive access to a private museum dedicated to the site’s past.
Part of the more expansive Sharjah Collection, the Al Badayer Retreat offers guests the magical experience of staying in a luxury tent or traditional home, with beautiful views of the starry desert sky.
Guests also have access to a family pool, bespoke dining, private spa and an amphitheatre.
Only a 45-minute drive from Sharjah Airport, this truly is the perfect spot for a romantic escape to the desert while remaining an arm’s length from the amenities of the city.
This striking hotel is perfect for those looking for an urban adventure in Sharjah.
72 Hotel is located on the waterfront in the centre of the city, close to iconic landmarks such as the Al Noor Mosque and Khalid Lake.
Water parks, shopping malls, and cinemas are all only a stone’s throw away.
The hotel has a hospitable and family-friendly atmosphere, including a specialised kids’ area to drop off the little ones while you enjoy the spa, the hotel’s international restaurant, or the magnificent views of the waterfront.
Address: Buhairah Corniche, Al Noor Island, 110 Street, Al Majaaz 1, Al Majaz, Sharjah
Contact: +971 6 507 9797
The Pullman boasts an ideal central location in the heart of Sharjah for those looking for a base to explore the rest of the city.
Trips to Al Qasba waterfront and Al Mamzar beach are right on the doorstep, whilst remaining only a short drive from Sharjah or Dubai International Airport.
After exploring, guests can enjoy a decadent meal at the main restaurant while taking in the sunset over the waterfront, or enjoy the view from the stunning infinity pool – complete with a juice bar and regular seafood nights.