Ex­plore the hid­den gem right on our doorstep

7 Days in Dubai - - SUMMER ESCAPES -

Sharjah might not be the first place you think of when plan­ning some down­time, but the emi­rate has plenty to of­fer. For the cul­tur­ally cu­ri­ous there are 16 mu­se­ums to choose from, in­clud­ing the truly fas­ci­nat­ing 200-year-old of­fi­cial res­i­dence of Sharjah’s rul­ing fam­ily, packed full of ar­ti­facts and historic doc­u­ments and lo­cated in the heart of the city (a UNESCO listed area). The Arabian Wildlife Cen­tre and Sharjah Aquar­ium are both ex­cel­lent draws for younger mem­bers of the fam­ily, and the newly ren­o­vated Souk Al Shanasiyah is a sur­pris­ingly beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of shops and old-fash­ioned cafes. All sum­mer, vis­i­tors can en­joy discounts on the best avail­able rates in ho­tels across Sharjah, just by vis­it­ing the web­site shar­jah­my­des­ti­na­tion.ae.

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