Explore Sharjah’s finest parks and open spaces

Now that winter’s here, it’s the perfect time to get out there and explore the great outdoors. And what better way to do that then visiting one of Sharjah’s parks. With a huge range and variety, there are certainly plenty to choose from. We’ve selected seven of the best to get you started.

Al Majaz Waterfront

Perhaps one of Sharjah’s most well-known parks, Al Majaz Waterfront is also one of the Emirate’s busiest, thanks to its stellar...location on the Buhairah Corniche overlooking the Khalid Lagoon. There is more than enough to keep everyone in the family occupied, including the famous Sharjah Musical Fountain, a Splash Park for children, the Maraya Art Park, a playground and mini golf. The park gets especially busy during Eid and National Day celebrations, and it also plays a prominent role during the famous Sharjah Light Festival. There are a large number of restaurants and cafes, jogging tracks and over a thousand parking spaces.

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Sharjah National Park

From the Emirate’s busiest park to its largest, Sharjah National Park is spread over more than 600,000 square ...metres. If you’re looking for trees and lush green landscape, as well as a bit of peace and quiet or somewhere to take the family for a picnic, then this is the park is for you. There are plenty of playgrounds, barbecue areas and mosques, and it’s one of the top places in the UAE to go for an evening jog. As an added bonus, Sharjah Discovery Centre is based just next door. The centre is divided into seven themed areas, including Water World, Sports World and Build Town, and costs just AED5 per child and AED10 per adult for entry.

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Sharjah Desert Park

Head east out of town along Al Dhaid Road and you’ll soon come to Sharjah Desert Park. There’s plenty to see ... and do here, and certainly enough to keep the family occupied for an entire day. Included within the park’s boundaries are Sharjah Natural History Museum, which is a great place to learn more about the plant and animal life of the Arabian Desert, and an Islamic Botanical Garden, which has over 100 types of plants, an interpretation centre and a layout that is inspired by aflaj (traditional Arabic irrigations systems). You can also visit the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre and a children’s farm, alongside a small selection of cafes.

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Al Mahatta Park

The smallest park on this list, Al Mahatta Park is an oasis of calm in the busy Al Mahatta area... of Sharjah. It’s well shaded, with plenty of trees and lush greenery, and there’s also ample parking. In addition, you’ll also find the popular Al Mahatta Museum next door, which used to be the site of the UAE’s first airport.

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Al Metalaa Park

If you’re travelling along the UAE’s Indian Ocean coast, make sure you stop off in the scenic town of Khorfakkan ...and visit Al Metalaa Park. Situated close to the town’s most beautiful natural asset, a lengthy curving beach, the park is a breath of fresh air amid the Hajar mountains. You’ll find plenty of shade under the park’s many trees, and there are a wealth of grassy lawns featuring swings and slides for your children to play on. There are also a small selection of cafes, and next door is the beach, an area that is set to be redeveloped by Shurooq in the coming years in a bid to welcome even more visitors.

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Al Noor Island

Since opening in 2015, Al Noor Island has fast become a firm favourite with visitors to Sharjah’s Khalid Lagoon. ...There’s plenty to see and do on the island, once you have walked over the causeway from Al Noor Mosque, itself one of Sharjah’s most famous landmarks. Attractions include the Butterfly House, a refuge where you can glimpse rare species such as the Red Lacewing, the Great Mormon and the Clipper. There’s also an open-air art gallery, a literature pavilion, a playground and the Noor Café, not to mention the island’s beautiful landscaping and great views of the lagoon.

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Al Mamzar Beach Park

Al Mamzar Beach Park may not technically be in Sharjah (it sits just inches across the border in neighbouring Dubai), ...but it’s a popular place for Sharjawis and has been rated one of the best beaches in the world. The park actually consists of five separate beaches that surround a headland that rests opposite the historic Al Khan district of Sharjah. Spread over a million square metres, you can get round this huge space using the dedicated Park Train, which stops off at the musical amphitheatre, a wealth of family friendly facilities and picnic areas.

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