Where to go in Sharjah if you want to stay healthy

06 June 2018

Selected as the first Healthy City in the Middle East by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015, the Emirate is working hard to showcase itself as destination for fitness and wellness. We’ve selected a few locations throughout Sharjah where you can get your exercise fix. 

Al Majaz Waterfront
No stranger to any Sharjah resident, Al Majaz Waterfront is one of the most attractive parts of the city. Recently renovated, the site includes a 750 metre jogging track around the waterfront, which is made out of 6,000 recycled tyres. The track is surrounded by trees and plenty of open space, allowing you to indulge in yoga sessions or carry out some resistance training. In addition, you can also rent a bike from the site and cycle along the Corniche.

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club

If you’re a fan of golf, then it stands to reason that you’ll already know the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club well. But for fitness fans, there’s another major reason to visit the complex next to Sharjah International Airport. Altitude – which describes itself as ‘the ultimate package for your mind, body and soul’ contains a mixed gym, a ladies’ gym, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and a state-of-the-art crossfit zone, called The Box. There’s also a well-equipped spa and physio centre onsite.  

Sharjah Waterfront Bicycling and Jogging Path
OK – so this project hasn’t been completed yet, but it will truly revolutionise Sharjah’s approach to health and fitness when it opens in the hopefully not-too-distant future. Announced by Sharjah Urban Planning Council, the project will see 27 kilometres of cycling and jogging tracks rolled out along the city’s coast, connecting Ajman to Dubai. The first 5.5 kilometres of the plan is currently being built adjacent to Al Khan Lagoon.

Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club
A home away from home since 1977 for many within Sharjah’s vibrant expat community, Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club offers plenty of activity options for members and visitors. Included at the club located near Al Qassimi Hospital are full-size grass pitches, tennis courts, a basketball court, a swimming pool, squash courts and a gym. In addition, you can relax at the Wanderers’ restaurant with a bite to eat after your workout.

Mleiha

Most people associate Mleiha either with the archaeological site or the opportunity to go dune-bashing on the deserts around what has become known as Fossil Rock. But the team at the Mleiha Archaeological Centre have also come up with plenty of other ways for visitors to spend their time at one of Sharjah’s most active locations. You can either sign up for a guided trek to the Faya caves, where you’ll see plenty of flora and fauna on the way, or burn off a few pounds on a cycling tour. Ranging from an easy tour for beginners to the Mleiha Extreme Safari, which lasts 2 and a half hours, it’s a great way to check out the desert and the array of fascinating historical sites.

Sharjah National Park
Based next to the Children’s Museum and just opposite Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah National Park is the Emirate’s largest, covering almost 630,000 square feet of area. While most visitors tend to use the park to relax and share picnics and barbecues, there is also a running track and other sporting facilities. For the children, there’s also a jungle gym, with plenty of obstacles to climb over and around.

Khorfakkan Beach
Another project that is currently in the works is the refurbishment of one of Sharjah’s most beautiful spots, Khorfakkan Beach. Managed by Shurooq, the Khorfakkan Corniche Development project is designed to revamp the 3-kilometre stretch of beach with a souq, hotel and restaurants and cafes. Also included in the project – which is due to be completed shortly – is a running track, outdoor gym and a special beach sports area.