Shar­jah’s cul­tural haven

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Unesco didn’t crown Shar­jah the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture for noth­ing. The city’s his­toric old town is a thriv­ing hub of mu­se­ums, gal­leries, her­itage and tra­di­tion that’s per­fect for ex­plor­ing on foot now that the weather is cool­ing down. Top of the cul­tural trea­sure trail has to be the Shar­jah Art Mu­seum (www.shar­jah­mu­se­ Its sprawl­ing col­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tion­ally di­verse artists is well worth a visit and ad­mis­sion is free. The Blue Souk is one of Shar­jah’s most pho­tographed build­ings – the ex­te­rior makes for some good In­sta­gram shots, but don’t for­get to ven­ture inside and prac­tice your hag­gling skills on any­thing from elec­tronic goods to gem­stones. If you have lit­tle ones, Shar­jah is a great choice for a stay­ca­tion. Right next to Dubai, you don’t have to worry about lengthy car jour­neys, and there’s a host of fam­ily friendly re­sorts to choose from. One of the most pop­u­lar is the Sher­a­ton Shar­jah Beach Re­sort and Spa (above; www.sher­a­ton­shar­jah. com), lo­cated on one of the city’s best beaches. Hand­ily placed for sight­see­ing – it’s 10-min­utes from the Shar­jah Aquar­ium and Mar­itime Mu­seum – the ho­tel has spa­cious rooms, a great kids’ club and a fam­ily games room. Reg­u­lar room rates at the Sher­a­ton Shar­jah start from Dh690 per night, in­clud­ing taxes. Un­til De­cem­ber 3, the Na­tional Day pro­mo­tion costs from Dh1,971 for a two-night stay for two peo­ple in a Club Room in­clud­ing taxes, break­fast, a din­ner for two peo­ple, ac­cess to Club Lounge and 46 per cent dis­count at Ar­jwan all-day din­ing res­tau­rant

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