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The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for preparations to implement the policy granting entry visas to transit passengers — across all airports in the country.

The visa will be granted to transit passengers who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions.

Whether you have 8, 12, 16 or 24 hours to spend checking out the UAE, we give you the perfect way to spend your precious layover time.

Transit Visa Rules:

Transit visa for 96-hours or less

Transit visas for the UAE are not hard to get but the regulations and requirements are specific enough to require that you plan well in advance in case you want to get out of the airport.

The UAE's airlines handle transit visa for 96-hours valid for 14 days from the date of issue. Transit passengers whose stop is over 8 hours are issued the transit visa by the airlines they are flying with subject to other conditions mentioned below:

1. Passengers must have a valid passport and a confirmed onward booking to the 3rd destination
2. Passengers must leave the UAE within 96 hours of arrival or 14 days after the visa was issued
3. Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation in the UAE.

Transit visas cost is Dh100

What to do in Dubai for 8, 12, 18, 24 and more 

The best thing about Dubai International Airport is that it’s located in the heart of the city, so very easy to move to and from the airport.


The Metro:
Terminals 1 and 3 are connected to the Dubai Metro. The metro station is a very quick walk (about 3 to 5 minutes) from the airport arrival hall, making it very convenient for tourists to move around Dubai with affordable transportation. Get on the red line from, which runs every 10 minutes running daily from 5.50am (5.30am on Thursdays) until 12am (or 1am on Thursdays and Fridays). A metro fare costs Dh3 to Dh13 for single trips

Dubai Taxi:
Just hail a taxi from any terminal and go wherever you want. Depending on the time of the day, taxis should be your fastest mode of transportation and a very convenient. Taxi fares start at Dh25 from the airport and Dh5 from anywhere else, however there is a minimum fare of Dh12. 

Uber and Careem:
If you have the app, this could be your best option since no cash is required. This saves you time and money at the airport exchange services. However, unlike in other countries, Uber and Careem are not cheaper than local taxis.

Layover: 8 to 9 hours in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Not much needs to be said about this iconic tower. Most tourists love to check it out, when they visit Dubai. Easily accessible through the Dubai Metro red line, this should be your first stop. The best views of the Burj are from Dubai Mall. Once there, head towards the promenade to take your best selfie with the tallest tower in the world. You may also want to go inside the Burj Khalifa to the observation deck to see the entire city.

Read about the Burj Khalifa record-breaking light show here

Location Dubai Mall Cost Free from the outside, At the Top: Non-prime hours Dh125 and Prime hours Dh200 per person for Adults Timings Daily from 8.30am until late Contact  04 4507600

The Dubai Mall Fountains

While checking out Burj Khalifa, make sure you are there long enough to see the Dubai Mall Fountains. It’s a favourite go-to spot among residents and tourists, the Dubai Mall fountain is an unforgettable experience that really just moves everyone because of its beauty and synchronized dance and song. 

Location Dubai Mall Cost free Timings Afternoon shows, daily (except Fridays) from 1pm and 1pm, on Fridays at 1.30pm and 2pm, Evening shows daily from 6pm to 11pm, every 30 minutes Contact 04 3627500 

Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk

If the weather permits, your next stop should be the Dubai Canal. Take your time along the beautifully illuminated walkways and pedestrian bridges that overlook the Dubai water canal and enjoy the sight of the mechanical waterfall. It’s a perfect place to take photos and just enjoy a cool day or evening out. The Wi-Fi there is really good too. And the best part is that it’s accessible by metro.

Location near Business Bay Metro Station Cost Free Timings Anytime

Food: Burgers at Salt

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SALT was launched in May 2014. Ever since, the pop-up restaurant has found a permanent home on Dubai’s Kite Surf Beach, Jumeirah and has attracted thousands of visitors, including royals, who line up at the vintage airstream trailer to grab a bite of its fast-selling sliders and shakes. Everyone has heard of Salt and most UAE residents have stood in line for ages to try it. Salt’s street food is all about going back to basics. The foodie spot is open until late, so it’s a great place to enjoy amazing burgers.

Location Kite Surf Beach Cost Starts from Dh30 Timings Open daily from 9am to 3am

Layover: 10 to 12 Hours in Dubai

In addition to the above, here’s what you can add on if you have a 12-hour layover in Dubai.

Catch the sunrise or sunset: Rise, Dubai Creek Harbour


If you want to capture a photo of the Dubai skyline, check out Rise. During winter season, Rise will feature live music, children’s play park, food trucks, fitness classes, interactive pods, street performers, kid’s activities, an outdoor cinema and a retail market, complemented by views of the sunset over the Downtown Dubai skyline and abra rides on Dubai Creek. It is also a fun way to spend your short layover, trying out delicious food and enjoying the incredible view.

Location Dubai Creek Harbour Cost Free 

Check out Old Dubai: Gold Souk in Deira

The Dubai Gold Souk is a traditional market in the heart of old Dubai by the creek. This market mainly sells gold, silver and precious stones. You’ll find the odd seller of handbags here and there, but this is the best place to buy gold in the UAE. The souk is home to over 300 retailers. Some have been there for over 40 years, while others have just set up shops a few years ago. It is a must visit for tourists who want to see more than just the glitz and glamour of the UAE.

Read: Your ultimate guide to Dubai’s Gold Souk

Location Al Ras Deira Cost Free entry Timings 10am to 10pm, some stores are closed between 1pm to 4pm

Eat some real Dubai street food: Shawarma at Al Mallah 

One of the most loved shawarma spots in Dubai. With three locations around the city, Al Mallah is a popular choice for Shawarma lovers. The staff are friendly and the service is great. They also serve a mean falafel sandwich, if you want to try something different. Head to the Satwa location to be extra close to the airport.

Read about the 12 best shawarma places in Dubai

Location Satwa, Mamzar, Al Qusais Cost Dh8 per shawarma Timings Daily from 7am to 2am on weekends from 9am onwards

Layover: 16 to 18 hours in Dubai

In addition to the above, here’s what you can add on if you have a 16- 18 hour layover in Dubai.

Happy hour at a rooftop bar: Treehouse at Taj

If you’re in the Downtown Dubai, make a quick stop for a beverage at one of Dubai’s favourite rooftop bars. It looks more like a plush living room than an outdoor terrace. A Mediterranean-themed small plates menu is available but the focus here is on the beverages with the extensive molecular mixology menu providing plenty of interesting beverage options. Looking directly over the Downtown skyline, Treehouse has an amazing unobstructed view of Burj Khalifa and is the perfect place for a quick stop while on layover.

Read: 30 best outdoor bars and restaurants in Dubai

Location Taj Hotel, Business Bay Timings Weekdays from 7pm to 3am and weekends from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 3am Contact  058 8272763

Shisha by the Burj Al Arab: Shimmers

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Shimmers sits on one of the best locations in Dubai, right on Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach with great views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Offering tourists a perfect way to chill by the beach with amazing views and shisha. The white washed woods, textiles in turquoise shades and relaxed seating on the sand offer the most ideal escape, just steps from the sea.

Location Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Timings Open daily for lunch from 12pm to 5pm, dinner from 6pm to 12am and the lounge is open from 12pm to 12.30am Contact 04 4323232

Layover: 24 hours in Dubai

If you are staying for 24 hours in Dubai, make sure you book a hotel to spend the night. Check out our guide on 10 budget hotels to stay at in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

Hit the beach: Nikki Beach Dubai

Nikki Beach Dubai offers a lazy day by the sea. The 14,000 square metres property on Pearl Jumeira can seat 750 guests (1,500 for special events). The property is modelled after the same modern, all white look and feel of all other Nikki Beach locations across the globe, and features cutting-edge architecture and design.

Location Pearl Jumeira Cost On weekdays they start at Dh150 for a single sun lounger (including a towel and a soft drink) and the use of a luxury day bed (maximum three people) for a spend of Dh1,500 on food and beverages. VIP cabanas with day bed and sofas and mini houses with their own pool, terrace, cabana bed and more (ultimate VIP cabana) are also available (prices available on request) Contact 04 3766000

The Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame is Dubai's latest landmark that overlooks the entire city. The unique architecture of the building allows you to enjoy 360 degrees views of both old and new Dubai.

Read: The ultimate guide to Dubai Frame

Location Zabeel Park Cost Dh50 per Adult, Dh20 per child between 3 to 12 years old, Free for children under three, Entry for the elderly and people of determination and two accompanying persons will also be free of charge Timings Open daily from 10am to 7pm 

A plate of South Indian goodness for breakfast 

Take the metro into Deira for some authentic South Indian food. While South Indian, or specifically Tamil breakfasts are pocket-friendly, they are also mostly vegan and good for digestive health. Step into Sangeetha or Aryaas for a strong cup of tea and a plate of 15 signature mini idlis (healthy South-Indian rice cakes) with sambhar (a vegetable curry). This will set you back by Dh13.

Explore La Mer

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Check out the latest Meraas project, a beachfront development that opened its first phase to the public last year. Stretching out into the ocean in the Jumeirah 1 neighbourhood. Why not head down for a swim and a long lunch at one of their many restaurants in the area?

Location Jumeirah 1 Cost Free Entry Timings Weekdays from 10am to 10pm and weekends until 12am Contact 04 3173999

Afternoon tea at Ossiano at Atlantis the Palm

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If you’re looking for a very different afternoon tea experience, then you’ll love this one with proper, up close views of the Atlantis aquarium. You can sip on your tea by the Ambassador Lagoon, which is home to more than 65,000 marine species. The fare is seafood themed as well, with options such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, as well as king crab and avocado sandwiches and lobster eclairs. Finish the meal with some amazing desserts.

Read: 10 iconic Dubai afternoon teas you have to try

Location Atlantis, The Palm Jumeriah Cost Dh140 including two hot beverages, Dh285 including a glass of bubbly Timings Every Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 5.30pm Contact 04 4262626


What to do in Abu Dhabi for 8, 12, 18, 24 and more 

The best thing about Abu Dhabi International Airport is that it’s located near Yas Island, the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Zoo.


Abu Dhabi does not have a metro service, or car services like Uber and Careem. Your only choice would be to move around with a taxi. 

Abu Dhabi Taxi:
Just hail a taxi from any terminal and go wherever you want. Depending on the time of the day, taxis should be your fastest mode of transportation and a very convenient. Taxi fares start at Dh25 from the airport and Dh5 from anywhere else, however there is a minimum fare of Dh12. 

Layover: 8 to 10 hours

Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This is a must see when coming to the UAE. The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This beautiful structure is the world's second largest mosque and arguably one of the most important examples of contemporary Islamic architecture in the UAE.

Location Situated between the three main bridges connecting Abu Dhabi City to the main land Cost free Timings daily from 9am to 10pm except during Friday prayers Contact 02 4191919

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The coastline's pathway stretches for about 7 kilometres. There's tonnes of gardens, trees and little vendors selling street snacks and drinks. And of course, you also get gorgeous views of the Arabian Gulf.

Location Abu Dhabi coastline Cost free Timings 24 hours a day 7 days a week 

Louvre Abu Dhabi

It's the first Louvre museum to open outside Paris. And all that history and art is right here in Abu Dhabi. The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on November 11, 2017 and is a universal museum that is home to some of the most beautiful art in the world. The eye catching building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, who designed it in the shape of a shallow dome; a combination of modern architecture and the regions traditions.

The museum currently has more than 600 artworks and artefacts on display in its 23 galleries, and 12 "chapters". Dubbed as the first universal museum in the Arab world, Louvre Abu Dhabi offers a glimpse into the history of the world and its major religions. And though the theme is universal, it also presents Arab and regional art in a historical context. Organisers explained the arrangements of exhibits are deliberately chronological, meant to create a dialogue between pieces from different cultures. Families, schools, and art enthusiasts can plan a day out visiting the iconic museum and its many different exhibits and workshops. Visitors are invited to discover how different cultures can share influences as well as mutual historical connections. The collections will constantly be enriched through loans and local art.

Location Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Dh60 per person Timings Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm Contact 02 6575800

Layover: 10  to 12 hours

Grab some pub grub

Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel - Hemingway's

Hemmingway’s Abu Dhabi has a great Express Pub Lunch, where you can come in for a quick meal. Try a selection of their pub food with a soft drink or water for just Dh60 per person.

Location Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel Cost Dh60 Timings Lunch is served from Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 3.30pm Contact 02 6924567

Emirates National Auto Museum

This museum was established in 2004 and is located south of the city of Abu Dhabi. The Emirates National Auto Museum (ENAM) is home to 200 cars belonging to HH Shaikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan as well as a large fleet very cool off-road vehicles and classic American cars. The famous Mercedes rainbow collection and the world's largest truck are some of the museums proudest pieces. ENAM has even been featured in the BBC show Top Gear.

Location South of Abu Dhabi, Hamim Road, Off E11, Al Gharbia Cost Dh50 per adult, free for children under 10 Timings Daily from 10am to 6pm Contact 055 7492155

Yas Beach Club

The club offers stunning views of the ocean and mangroves. The beach lounge area features an open air DJ booth, an infinity pool and five private chalets. On Fridays, the infinity pool, can be accessed only by adults (+21) while families with children use the splash pool. Along with the tropical-themed Tiki Bar, the club also serves Neapolitan pizzas, grills and Italian gelato. Water sport such as sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, paddle boarding is available, with trained instructors to teach the sport. The club’s also houses volleyball facilities.

Location Yas Island Cost Day passes are for Dh50 on weekdays and Dh100 on weekends. Children under eight go free. Beach cabanas cost Dh200 (includes two entrance + 1 complimentary Voss water) on weekdays and Dh400 on weekends. Pool cabanas are Dh400 (includes two entrance + 1 complimentary Voss water) on weekdays and Dh600 on weekends Timings The club is open from 10am to 7pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends Contact 056 2420435 

Layover: 16  to 18 hours

Evening Kayaking in the Mangroves with Dinner

Abu Dhabi’s adfventure company Noukhada, introduces an evening kayaking tour across the Eastern Mangroves followed by a seafood dinner at Flooka . Combining the freshest seafood and views over Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Mangroves, Flooka adds another feature to its culinary offering, teaming up with adventure company Noukhada to offer an evening kayaking tour across the Eastern Mangroves followed by a dinner. Menu A includes a choice of three mezzes, up to 500g fish plus water and soft drinks and the kayak tour. Menu B includes a choice of three mezzes, up to 500g fish and two jumbo prawns plus water and two house beverages and the kayak tour.

Location Flooka Cost Option A Dh280 per person, Option B Dh355 per person Contact 02 4418244

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park is a place that celebrates the spirit of the legendary marque, and is home to numerous thrill rides, family-friendly attractions, simulators, live shows, as well as popular seasonal events and festivities. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, as well as the triple record-breaking rollercoaster, Flying Aces. It also offers guests a range of thrilling family experiences that include Benno’s Great Race, Karting Academy, Junior Training Camp, Driving Experience, Fiorano GT Challenge, and many more.

Location Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh295 Bronze ticket if height is 1.3 m or more and Dh230 if shorter, Dh370 Silver ticket if height is 1.3 m or more and Dh305 if shorter, Dh535 Gold ticket if height is 1.3 m or more and Dh445 if shorter Timings Daily from 11 am to 8 pm every day (unless modified for particular events) Contact 02 4968000

Bounce Abu Dhabi

Jump around at the high-adrenaline trampoline park. Whether you’re a family, a group of friends, stretch your body after a long plane ride with some bouncing around. 

Location Abu Dhabi Ground Floor, Marina Mall Cost Dh85 per hour Timings 10am - 10pm on Sunday – Wednesday; 10am - 12am on Thursday; 9am - 12am on Friday; 9am – 10am on Saturday Contact 04 3211400


Layover: 24 hours and more

Try out Italian food at LARTE

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The LARTE project is a concept from the heart of Milan. Larte is offers a top-quality Italian hospitality experience with various in house promotions served alongside the arts, fashion and design. Highlights include world-class coffee from the Illy Café concept, along with Italian and European breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites. Cakes, pastries and desserts are also available all day.

Location Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost various Timings Daily from 9am – 8pm

Yas Waterworld 

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Enjoy more than 40 rides and slides at Abu Dhabi’s Emirati-themed waterpark. Hanging lanterns, fences and booths in antique-looking wood, camel statues and sign boards shaped like compasses all add up to an Arabesque flavour over the 15-hectare park on Yas Island. Of the 43 attractions, there are 24 rides, including Liwa Loop, in which riders drop in through a trapdoor; Bandit Bomber, a 550-metre-long “water roller coaster” — other park guests can shoot water cannons at riders as they go past; Slither’s Slides, a series of six flumes with light and video special effects; and Dawwama, which is categorised as “extreme” excitement, a 238-metre-long, 20-metre-high funnel. Five of the rides are unique to the Yas Island park. 

Location Yas Waterworld, Yas Island Cost Dh255 per adult, Dh205 per child, online Dh220 per adult and Dh195 per child Timings Every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm Contact 02 4142000

You can drive around the famous Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix track, available now. The premium karting packages will include the hire of essential racing gear such as helmets, gloves, overalls and safety covers as well as a safety briefing from highly experienced Yas Marina Circuit instructors.  At the end of the session you will be provided with all of your race results. 

Location Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh170 (includes gear and safety covers, briefing) Drivers should be 18 or older Date January 25 (more dates later in the year) Contact 800 YAS (927) or +971 2 659 9800

Abu Dhabi Culture: Qasr Al-Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and symbolizes the historical development as well as the political history of its rulers from 1795 to 1966. The building was developed from a freestanding conical tower built in 1761 to protect the newly discovered water source on the island, into a large and fortified fort for the ruler of Abu Dhabi used for defending the area. Under the patronage of HH Shaikh Shakhbut Bin Dhiab, who ruled Abu Dhabi from 1793 to 1816, the old tower that protected the vital water source was integrated into a larger rectangular fort arrangement. Since that date, the fort became the official seat of rule of the Al Nahyan family until 1966. Qasr Al Hosn is the main landmark in the city and it is visited by 10 to 15 busloads of tourists of various nationalities daily.

Location In the heart of Abu Dhabi, between Zayed the First Street, and Khaled Bin Al Waleed Street Cost Free Timings Daily from 7.30am to 6.30pm Contact 800 724

Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

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Relax surrounded by natural beauty at the Saadiyat Beach Club. Take a cooling dip in the pool and sample the delights that the club’s restaurants and lounges have to offer for the whole day. Entry includes access to the beach, swimming pool and loungers until sunset, to the workout room and spa facilities such as sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and plunge pool until 8pm.

Location Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Cost During the week is Dh220 for singles, Dh370 for couples, Dh110 for 13 to 17 year-olds and Dh75 for 3 to 12 year-olds. Weekend and public holidays prices are Dh420, Dh720, Dh210 and Dh75, respectively. Weekly, monthly and annual packages also available Timings Daily from 8am to sunset Contact 02 6563500 


What to do in Sharjah for 8, 12, 18, 24 and more 

The best thing about Dubai International Airport is that it’s located in the heart of the city, so very easy to move to and from the airport.


Sharjah Taxi:
Just hail a taxi from the airport and go wherever you want. Depending on the time of the day, taxis should be your only mode of transportation and a very convenient. Taxi fares start at Dh25 from the airport and Dh5 from anywhere else, however there is a minimum fare of Dh11.50. 

Layover: 8 hours to 24 hours or more

Sharjah Aquarium

Sharjah aquarium is home to 30 different species, including sharks, and gives visitors a rare glimpse into the marine life of the United Arab Emirates. The world-class aquarium, located in Al Khan, was inaugurated last week by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. It takes visitors on a journey from the west coast to the east coast of Sharjah. The main aim of the aquarium is educational as it focuses on the characteristics of marine life in the UAE. The plan is to increase the number of species in the aquarium from 30 to more than 50 in the next few months, said Ismail Al Hamadi, assistant curator of the aquarium.

Location Al Meena Street,Al Khan Area Cost Dh15 Children (2-12 years), Dh25 Adults (13+ years)  Timings Saturday to Thursday: 8am to 8pm, Friday from 4pm to 10pm, Sunday: Closed 

Paper Fig Desserts

Paper Fig Desserts is a sweet retreat where you can enjoy creative flavours in the heart of Sharjah with homemade dishes and theatrically presented desserts. This is a great place to relax and hang out while enjoying their signature creations which include salads, savoury food, desserts and refreshing drinks.

Location Near University City, Sharjah Timings Saturday to Wednesday from 8am to 11pm, Thursday and Friday from 8am to 12pm Contact 600 560601

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

Sharjah Islamic Museum first opened its doors in 1987 as was known to locals as the Souk Al Majarrah. Now the Islamic museum displays a range of artefacts representing the different periods of Islamic history from its beginnings in Arabia and the Umayyad era until the Ottoman and Mamluk eras. The ground floor of the museum holds the Islamic Faith Gallery that displays ancient mathematical and astronomical works that were important in locating the direction of prayer towards the Ka'ba in Makkah. The entire first floor is devoted to Islamic Art that depicts historical relics, such as a Mongolian silk tunic dating back to 14th Century. The Islamic Art gallery also displays ceramics, metalwork, glass and minor arts made in the Muslim world between seventh and 13th century.

Location Opposite the Sharjah Creek Cost Dh10 per adult, Dh3 for children under 12, free for children under 2 Timings Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Fridays from 4pm to 8pm Contact 06 5655455 

Eat: Silver Spoon Biryani

This Sharjah Biryani shop should not be judged by its look or ambience. Whether you order it to go or eat it there, Silver Spoon has one of the best Hyderabadi Biryanis in town.

Location Opposite St Michael's Church, Al Yarmook, Halwan Suburb, Sharjah Cost Dh15 Timings Open daily from 12.30pm to 11pm Contact 06 5671667

 Central Souq in Sharjah

Situated between the bustling roads, the sound of car horns and busy flyovers lies the Central Souq — a tranquil spot that still maintains a certain charm since it was constructed over 30 years ago.The Central Souq (also known as the Blue Souq due to the colour of its domes) was built in 1978, and was the first infrastructure in the emirate that embodied the idea of a modern shopping centre. To this day, the two-storey souq contains about 600 shops in two wings, and can be seen on every Dh5 note.

Location King Faisal Road and Khalid Lagoon Cost Free Timings Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 10.30pm, Friday from 5pm to 10.30pm

Sharjah Art Museum

The Sharjah Art Museum first opened its doors in 1997. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a world of artistic wonder and creativity‎ spread over large spacious galleries. Art lovers are invited to admire the collections and temporary exhibitions hosted by the museum, and also participate in the museum’s regular program and workshops themselves. The three-story museum is dedicated to showcasing artistic creations and collections of more than 500 artworks.

Location Arts Area, Al- Shuwaihiyeen, near Al-Corniche post office Cost free Timings Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Friday from 4pm to 8pm Contact 06 5688222

Butterfly House in Sharjah

Butterfly House in Sharjah is a rare treat for visitors to admire the winged beauties at close range and learn more about them from experts. The butterfly house is the only attraction of its kind in Sharjah. It is home to around a dozen butterfly species, with around 150 to 200 individual butterflies fluttering about any given day. Around 400 pupae arrive every week from Penang Island in Malaysia. At the house, they are arranged in neat rows, attached to bars on stands. Days later, they emerge as fully-grown butterflies and fly about the house, feeding on the nectar of flowers. Definitely a spot worth seeing in Sharjah.

Location Al Noor Island in Khalid Lagoon Cost Dh50 per adult and Dh30 for children below 12 and for children below 3 it is free Timings open daily from 9am to 6pm Contact 06 5521900

Sharjah Car Club & Museum

Sharjah Classic Cars Museum first opened its doors in 2008 and was re-opened again in 2013. Car lovers will truly enjoy visiting this museum, as it displays hundreds of classic cars that have been built in the early 20 century. The museum features exhibitions about the history of the automotive industry through a wide range of classic cars showcased all under one roof. The museum is split up into 5 different section and each one of these sections features a different historical stage in time.

Location Airport Road between the 4 and 5 intersections Cost Dh10 for adults, Dh5 for children under 12, free for children under 2 Timings Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Friday from 4pm to 8pm Contact 06 5580222

Al Majaz Waterfront

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This popular area is in the vibrant heart of Sharjah. Al Majaz Waterfront covers a huge space of 231,000 square feet, featuring beautiful scenery overlooking the Khaled Lagoon. This leisure destination is home to great landscapes and  architectural designs that reflect Sharjah’s rich cultural and historical heritage. The fun-filled atmosphere attracts visitors of all backgrounds and offers an impressive variety of recreational facilities and welcomes visitors and families of all ages. Attractions include the Sharjah Musical Fountain overlooking international restaurants and cafés, a jogging track, snack and drink kiosks, a mosque, the Maraya Art Park, a Splash Park for kids with a children's playground, mini golf for all ages and calming green areas for relaxation.

Location Sharjah City Centre Cost Free entrance Timings 24/7