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
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
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
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 skiing spot.
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 anyone.
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
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
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