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
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 fun.
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
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
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 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 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.