Local Information

Sharjah  is the third largest Emirate and the only one to have land on both the Arabian  Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Oman. Sharjah covers 83,600 sq.  km, population of 4.76 million. The Emirate is a  fascinating land of contrasts.  Sharjah  uniquely combines the old with the new, successfully blending time-honoured  traditions and culture with the latest facilities and services available today.
Sharjah has a lively history. Uniquely located on world trade routes and  the only Emirate with direct access to both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of  Oman, Sharjah has developed from a small trading town, relying on fishing and  pearl diving, to one of the most modern, dynamic commercial and trade centers  in the region.

Sharjah  is covered by the GSM 900 and 1800 mobile phone networks.
Public telephones in Sharjah are  operated by ETISALAT and could be easily located. Most require prepaid cards.
Shopping malls are generally open  from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day except Fridays when they are open 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Taxes are not applicable.
GMT +4 hours.
Tipping is widely accepted with 10% of the total bill being the  average. Most restaurants will include a service charge.


Valid  visas are required to enter the United Arab Emirates. The three entry  requirements of obtaining a visa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its  seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al  Khaimah, and Fujairah) are that:

  • you  are not a citizen of Israel,
  • your passport doesn\'t contain Israeli  immigration stamps, and
  • your  passport is valid for at least 6 months before your arrvial.


As visa  requirements do change with short or no notice, it is advisable that you check  with your nearest UAE embassy or consulate, or with your travel agency for the  latest updates.

GMT +4 hours.
Tipping is widely accepted with 10%  of the total bill being the average. Most restaurants will include a  service charge.