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
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,
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
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
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
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.