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 advance.
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 entertainment.
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 ride.
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 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
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 cost.
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.