In Sharjah and the neighboring emirates,
apart from snow skiing, just about
every other sport imaginable is available.
From indoor to outdoor activities,
wet or dry sports, for fun or to learn,
for teams or individuals, you name
it, you can do it!'
Since the year 2000, Sharjah, has
hosted the Formula 1 Powerboat Races.
The races have proved Sharjah to be
a regional pioneer in hosting international
events that attract worldwide attention.
Formed by an Emiri Decree (5/1996),
the sole purpose of The Sharjah Commerce
and Tourism Development Authority
is to become the central marketing
arm of Sharjah Government - devoted
to the promotion of commerce and tourism.
daily tasks include the close liaison
with our fellow authorities, Sharjah's
many travel industry professionals
as well as any and all internal or
external marketing organizations or
individuals interested in Sharjah.
In case of Sharjah - these are very
enjoyable tasks, indeed!
are proud to say that whether for
tourism or choosing a great place
to live and work - Sharjah is a beautiful
modern city - friendly, safe and secure
with an offshore tax base, great facilities,
schools, shopping, green parks, and
clean streets. Come over to Sharjah,
relax, smile, have a coffee and enjoy
yourself in a modern oasis of peaceful
This is a popular game that can be
played at anytime of the year. Please
call the centers below for details
of costs, leagues and fun competitions.
It is recommended that you book in
Sharjah has a great number of unofficial
cricket pitches! Most weekends one
can see a wicket set up on an open
patch of sand with a batsman, bowler,
a number of fielders plus several
supporters turned out for an afternoons
Sharjah Cricket Stadium (532 2991)
is the only venue hosting International
cricket in the Middle East. The cricket
season runs from mid-September to
the end of May. The local and Bukhatir
League matches are organized by the
Sharjah Cricket Council and two international
tournaments are hosted by the CBFS,
in March/April and October/November
respectively. Night Cricket is held
annually, during the Holy month of
Ramadan. The stadium is available
for hire. Contact the stadium for
details of membership, forthcoming
events and hire charges.
There are some wonderful hikes, set
within the spectacular mountains and
wadis of the UAE, even in the high
Hajar Mountain range. Water, good
socks and walking boots and sun cream
are essential. Routes generally spread
by word of mouth and unless you are
sure of the way, it is best to go
in an organized party.
Without the opportunity to snow ski,
sand skiing provides the next best
thing! With the aid of a four-wheel
drive, all you need is a big steep
dune and off your go on an exhilarating
Red' as it is affectionately known
lies half way to Hatta, to the left
of the main road and is a popular
In some sports stores they sell 'sand
boards' which are cheaper and more
basic snowboards. For children, a
plastic sledge or something similar
is enough to give a lot of fun for
Riding in the Arab world is a traditional
sport and the Arab thoroughbred is
famous worldwide. Sharjah Equestrian
& Racing Club (531 1155/531 1188)
offers both riding and racing just
20 minutes from Sharjah city.
The school provides training and livery
in a self-contained area with good
clubhouse facilities, 150 stables,
teaching paddocks, floodlit sand arena,
dressage and grass show jumping arenas.
Lessons are available for both individuals
and groups given by qualified BHSAI
(British Horse Society Assistant Instructor)
instructors for all levels of ability.
Advanced riders have a choice of lessons
covering dressage, show jumping, stable
management and endurance racing. Hacks
and desert trails are organised regularly
and weekly riding for the disabled
is offered during the winter months.
Other activities include teaching
clinics, Pony Club, annual show jumping
competitions and gymkhanas. Riding
at the centre is by prior appointment
and approval only, so contact the
club for further information.
The centres livery service includes
stabling, feeding, grooming and turning
out. Air-conditioned stables can be
leased and shoeing and veterinary
services can be provided at an additional
The racecourse with grandstand for
1,500 people provides outstanding
spectator facilities plus catering
and parking. All visitors are welcome
at no charge to attend the meetings
held between November and April.