There are a number of special events and destinations within Sharjah that host a series of activities to celebrate certain times of the year and to provide entertainment for families, in addition of course to the many museums and malls.
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F1 Powerboat Race & Sharjah Water Festival
In an action packed programme of family fun, extravaganza and water sport, the Sharjah Water Festival takes place every December in and around Khaled Lagoon and celebrates the culture, history and marine heritage of the Emirate. The Festival Programme has activities for every type of fun on, in and near water with musical shows, magical entertainers, fireworks and special activities for children.
The grand finale of the week’s long festival is the final round of the prestigious international World Championship Formula 1 Powerboat, Sharjah Grand Prix held in the Khaled Lagoon.
Cultural Awareness Programmes
If you are resident or visiting for a longer period you may be interested in attending the excellent cultural awareness programme run by Sharjah Museums Department. The core content covers topics of heritage and traditions including national dress, food and drink, arts, dance, songs, festivals and celebrations. From October to June, these are held on the first Saturday of every month at the Sharjah Heritage Museum.
Contact the Education Department on +97165542201.
This is a major cultural hub and leisure destination providing all kinds of recreation and entertainment attractions for adults and children, retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, as well as exhibiting local and international art during the winter season. It also features a 1,500 square metre exhibition space to showcase local and international cultural and educational institutions and associations, plus its own hall hosting art films and international performances.
Al Qasba includes Al Qasba Theatre, which hosts music concerts and different performances, in addition to diversified events and activities organized by cultural and educational establishments throughout the year.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, ‘Ramadaniat Al Qasba’ offers a fun and entertaining time with a host of special Ramadan evening activities for families and visitors. Every summer the ‘Big House of Fun’ lives up to its name providing children with a range of exciting events to keep them occupied over a six week period.
Eye of the Emirates
The Eye of the Emirates is among the most prominent and outstanding features of Al Qasba. The Eye of the Emirates observatory wheel stands 60-metres high with 42 fully air-conditioned gondolas offering stunning panoramic views of Sharjah and Dubai.
Sharjah Light Festival
Competing with cities such as Lyon and Berlin, Sharjah launched the Sharjah Light Festival in 2011, it is the first of its kind in the Middle East. The Festival tells the story of Sharjah and its people and is usually held in the first quarter of the year at different locations in the city. Previous locations included modern government and heritage buildings among them Sharjah Fort, Sharjah Art Museum and Majlis Al Midfa, Al Qasba, University City, Central Souk, the Palm Oasis and Al Noor Mosque.
F1 Powerboat Nations Cup & Festival March Khorfakkan
International sporting action from F1 powerboats and fascinating, family-friendly and heritage-rich festivities on Sharjah’s East Coast.
Al Majaz Waterfront
With an amazing lagoon-side setting, wonderful indoor and outdoor play areas for children of all ages, and easy parking – it is no wonder that this new development is fast becoming a favourite hangout. Cafes include Il Café Di Roma, Tim Hortons, Caribou Coffee, Cold Stone Creamery and Maras Turka Ice Cream.