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Shopping in Sharjah


Like the rest of the emirates, Sharjah has its own charms to attract a number of shoppers to this aphrodisiac gusto. There are numerous shopping malls, souks and bustling bazaars in Sharjah, for bargain and exclusive shopping.

Sharjah offers a treasure trove of stylish shops, modern malls, souks, markets, boutiques and bazaars. With much interest given by the Emirate to the tourism sector, Sharjah has become a magnificent destination for those who prefer shopping. Sharjah markets are unique and the fascinating promotions offered by those markets are incredible. The city has many separate shopping areas with busy malls, large showrooms and smaller department stores and centres, plus furniture and craft warehouses spread around town. The variety of products available is impressive.

In a city bustling with life, you can shop almost 24 hours a day and buy everything and anything from Oriental carpets to tropical fruits, gold and jewellery, gifts and hand-crafted souvenirs, designer fashions, delicious Middle Eastern sweets, the latest in electronics and so much more. Whether you are looking for a piece of furniture, the latest digital camera, a gold necklace or a diamond ring so you can shop around for the right shape, size or colour.

Shopping in Sharjah is tax free, so retail prices tend to be reasonable for both brand name goods and handicrafts sold in the souks. Prices are fixed in the malls and the department stores but bargaining is a long-established tradition in the souks. Usually all major credit cards, travellers ‘cheques and US dollars are accepted. Smaller shops may only deal in cash.

Places to Shop

Dubai/Sharjah Highway (Al Ittihad Road) to Al Khan Lagoon and Al Nahda

A fast expanding , busy and dynamic neighbourhood with Al Taawun Mall, Ansar Mall, Safeer Mall and Sahara Centre. Sharjah Expo Centre hosts over 20 interesting exhibitions each year.

Al Qasba

There are two buildings located either side of Al Qasba. With a vibrant atmosphere and its landmark Eye of the Emirates observatory wheel, the scenic walkways combine shopping with fashionable restaurants and cafés, as well as playing host to annual cultural and entertainment events.

Al Wahda Road

The gateway to Sharjah and the longest shopping road is well-known for its department stores, men’s and ladies fashion, sports apparel, electrical goods, car showrooms, large furniture showrooms and centres, restaurants and fast food outlets, and last but not least, Sharjah City Centre Mall, a destination in itself.

Jamal Abdul Nasser Street

Parallel to Al Wahda Road and bordered by the refreshing area of greenery of Al Majaz Park, this busy residential street has restaurants, bakeries, hairdressing salons, shops selling mobile phones and musical instruments, photographic studios, grocery shops, small boutiques and supermarkets.

Corniche Road (Along the Creek)

Follow the creek where the dhows are moored and explore a more traditional area with Souk Al Arsah, Souk Al Bahar, banks, money exchanges, textile outlets and shops selling perfume, local crafts, traditional dresses, scarves and much more. Side shops offer custom-made floor cushions with many other small retailers that are worth discovering.

King Faisal Road

Joining Al Wahda Road and leading directly to the Central Souk this area brings together the banks, restaurants, fast food outlets, supermarkets, outlet stores, furniture and household showrooms, computer and stationery suppliers.

Al Qassimi/ University City Road

These streets are lined with furniture showrooms, household items and children’s clothes shops, as well as restaurants and fast food outlets. Mobile phone shops are spread around Al Estiqlal Square (also called Al Qassimi Roundabout). Nearby in Abu Shagara, Sharjah Mega Mall provides exciting shopping with entertainment for families.

Al Arouba Road

This area is an interesting and diverse area to visit with the Rolla Gold Centre, Lulu Centre and a variety of shops selling reasonably priced household appliances, electrical goods, general hardware items and gardening equipment. The Rolla bazaar offers an impressive textile selection, clothes, Indian saris, bags and suitcases.

Al Buheirah Corniche

This panoramic waterfront area is famous for its cafés, coffee shops and restaurants, the famous and ever popular Central Souk, Al Fardan Centre, Crystal Plaza complex, boutiques, sports outlets and shops, entertainment centres and cinemas.

Industrial Areas

These busy areas are home to garages, tire repair shops, upholstery centres, sanitary showrooms, ceramic shops, carpentry and wrought iron manufacturers etc. Reputable cars showrooms are also found in this area. Several well-known furniture warehouses can also be found behind the main streets and are worth a visit.





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