Explore My City: Sharjah with guest blogger Amruta
Much is said about the big cities of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dubai and Dubai but not much about the other five emirates that make up the UAE. Today we get the low down on what to do with kids in the Emirate of Sharjah (a city of 1.4 million people on its own no less!) from guest blogger Amruta of Green Living Dubai
We lived in Sharjah few years back and still visit Sharjah quiet often as we find great eco-educational places for our son nowhere else in UAE but Sharjah.
Not just that but we love to take our visitors to Sharjah, at least for a day. The cultural aspect of this city is unmatchable by any other emirate. These are some of our most favorite places in Sharjah, hidden gems, great for families with kids; luckily and surprisingly not very popular so you can never find too much crowd here.
Heart of Sharjah
Sharjah Museums Department has preserved old buildings and developed great museums. This area has amazing old charm, a great spot for learning the culture and taking photos in rustic surroundings. My favourites are Al Hisn Fort, Al Naboodah Emarati House and Old Market. There are amazing art galleries and permanent art exhibitions in this area for art lovers. Heart of Sharjah is definitely one of best cultural hubs in the UAE.
This is great place for bird lovers, but the interactive games inside entertains kids for good time. UAE is preferable place for migratory birds because of it’s location and thanks to this center lot of information is available about migratory as well as local birds. Most of these birds are displayed here. We particularly loved the cafeteria, food was good but mainly for views. Must go place in my list of taking visitors. Read more about this reserve here
Al Hefaiya Mountain Conservation Center
It is situated outside Kalba, which is part of Emirates of Sharjah. You can reach there via scenic road through mountains. This is great place to learn about local wildlife. This is only such center in UAE where local endangered species are kept in enclosures but in their natural habitat. Great place for kids and visitors alike. To read more about this center click here
Once you are in Kalba, better to visit the largest mangrove in UAE and only one on the western coast. You can do kayaking, boat ride in these mangroves. In winter you can even camp here. To read more about UAE’s mangroves click here.
And when you in Sharjah please don’t forget to recycle your garbage at Beeah recycling stations now you can even get wifi signal near Beeah recycling bins as they are solar powered hotspots.
About the Writer
Hi I am Amruta Kshemkalyani, sustainability professional and green building consultant turned responsible writer. I started this blog in 2009 to spread awareness about sustainable living and to share my experience of how to live eco-conscious in UAE. I also feature our responsible travel stories around the world and discuss green parenting. Green Living in Dubai is the UAE’s only sustainable lifestyle blog and a go-to guide for everything eco-friendly.
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