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Pearl Merchants and Palm Trees: A Self-Guided Tour of Sharjah


Pearl Merchants and Palm Trees: A Self-Guided Tour of Sharjah

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Join us on a self-guided tour of Sharjah, where you'll discover the hidden gems of this intriguing emirate. Wander through shaded laneways and explore traditional houses, mosques, museums, and galleries. Learn about the city's craft heritage and enjoy shopping at souqs along the way. Listen to fascinating stories about goat hooves, piracy studies, coral farming, and how to order the perfect lime and mint juice drink. This 45 to 60-minute audio tour can be downloaded and enjoyed at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of Sharjah as you visit the Heart of Sharjah, the Art Area, Sharjah Heritage Museum, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, Bait-al-Naboodah Museum, Heart of Sarjah Discovery Centre, Souk Al Arsah, and Souq Al Shanasiyah. Don't miss this unique and enriching experience!

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • 45 minutes - 1 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Peeking inside traditional houses
  • Contemporary design inspired by Sharjah's craft heritage
  • Souqs for shopping
  • Hidden little alleyways
  • Fun stories about unique topics
  • VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
  • Lifetime access to this tour in English
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink

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Join our experienced traveler on an exciting self-guided tour of Sharjah, the steady-as-she-goes emirate with a multi-dimensional charm. With its confident and worldly vibe, Sharjah will captivate you with its hidden laneways, traditional houses, contemporary art, and enticing souqs. As you wander through the old part of town, you'll discover palm trees, pearl merchants, museums, and mosques, all waiting to be explored.

What to expect?

During this 45 to 60-minute tour, you can expect to peek inside traditional houses, admire contemporary designs inspired by Sharjah's craft heritage, indulge in some shopping at souqs, and wander through hidden alleyways. Along the way, you'll hear intriguing stories about what one can do with leftover goat hooves, the fascinating world of piracy studies, coral farming, and how to order the perfect lime and mint juice.

Who is this for?

This self-guided tour of Sharjah is perfect for anyone seeking an authentic and immersive experience in this fascinating emirate. History buffs will revel in exploring the old town and uncovering Sharjah's rich heritage. Art enthusiasts will be delighted by the discovery of contemporary art in unexpected places. And for those who simply enjoy strolling through vibrant markets and immersing themselves in local culture, this tour will be an absolute treat.

Why book this?

This self-guided tour offers a truly unique and personalized experience of Sharjah. With an offline audio guide, you can explore at your own pace and have the freedom to start, pause, or restart the tour whenever you like. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and stories of the emirate while discovering its hidden gems and architectural wonders.

Good to know

To start your adventure, meet at Corniche Street and download the VoiceMap app using the code provided on your ticket. The tour includes multiple stops, such as the Heart of Sharjah, the Art Area, Sharjah Heritage Museum, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, Bait-al-Naboodah Museum, and more. Don't forget to try a refreshing lime and mint juice to quench your thirst along the way. With so much to discover, this captivating tour promises an unforgettable experience.


Travelers who have embarked on this self-guided tour of Sharjah rave about the immersive and informative experience it offers. They praise the knowledgeable guide's storytelling skills, the ability to explore at their own pace, and the opportunity to uncover hidden gems and unique facets of Sharjah's vibrant culture. Overall, visitors have been delighted with the tour and highly recommend it to fellow explorers.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Heart of Sharjah

(Pass by)

There are houses and mosques, museums and galleries, palm trees and pearl merchants, all waiting for you in the old Sharjah town. Join me on a tour and I will tell you all about it.

Art Area of Sharjah

(Pass by)

In among the heritage buildings, you will discover exciting contemporary art from the MENASA region in unusual places. Some of these are hidden away, so you will need to keep a look-out for them.

Fen Cafe Restaurant

(Pass by)

A good opportunity to enter traditional houses, and enjoy some refreshments in a courtyard under a shady terrace.

Sharjah Heritage Museum

(Pass by)

Inside the museum, you will find both everyday and precious objects that illustrate community practices and traditions that are ages old. Many of these have been passed down through the generations from times long ago, and still, resonate in contemporary Sharjah.

Sharjah Calligraphy Museum

(Pass by)

Discover why calligraphy is one of the most prized art forms in the Arab world. Even if you don’t read Arabic, the swirls and curls will still grab you.

Bait-al-Naboodah Museum

(Pass by)

The former home of an internationally successful pearl trader who brought wealth and grand ideas to Sharjah. We share some stories of his international life at the dawn of the 20th century.

Heart of Sarjah discovery centre

(Pass by)

Learn all about the vibrant history of Sharjah and this old neighbourhood in the Majlis Al Naboodah. The old photos are great windows into a time not all that long ago.

Souk Al Arsah

(Pass by)

As you walk around the stalls today it is not hard to imagine a time in the past when it was filled with pearl traders and buyers, cargo and camels, all jostling for space, attention and a good deal.

The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah - a GHM hotel

(Pass by)

A gorgeous new development which seamlessly merges all the modern luxuries of a five-star resort with that of a conservation project. Stay the night or just pop in for some refreshments. I recommend a lime and mint juice for quenching your thirst.

Souq Al Shanasiyah

(Pass by)

A modern outdoor souq built on the foundations of an older one that served Sharjah for generations. Come and explore the predecessor of the modern-day mall with me.

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