Last Friday was another road trip for both my travel buddy Lew and I. We went to Sharjah. We have not planned it, it was a spur of the moment since it was the weekend and nothing else important to do. The drive was about 50 km long by taking Road E11 and it took us about an hour to reach our first and only stop in Sharjah, Central Souq. It was 4:30 in the afternoon so there was not much time to roam around Sharjah and see other attractions. But aside from Central Souq, we were able to see the Fish Market (for both whole saler and retailer side), Fruit and Vegetable Market and the Khalid Lagoon.
Here are some of the places we’ve seen during that road trip.
Central Souq (or Blue Souq or Souq Al Markazi)
Central Souq (Souq means Market in English) occupies two structures designed and built in an appealing Arabic style and its located near the Khalid Lagoon and built in 1979 and the first mall in Sharjah. It is the main shopping hub for Sharjah residents who buy their daily needs at the 600 shops, spread over two wings. The ground floor has mostly modern jewelries and watches (Damas Jewelry I think has 3 or 4 shops in that Souq) while the little stores upstairs sell Pashminas, Persian Carpets and items from other countries such as Afghanistan. The outside walls of the market are fitted with blue tiles, giving it its popular name as ‘Blue Souq‘.
Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am to noon, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Central Souq Photos:
The Fish Market wholesaler side was in chaos, buyers and the sellers haggling back and forth until the sale is done. I’ve seen different kind of fish such as Tuna, Groper (Lapu-Lapu in Tagalog) and crabs. The crabs were interesting, I’d like to call them Leper Crab because of it’s authentic look where the shell have bumps all over. Interesting.
Fish Market Video here.
Fruit and Vegetable Market
Here you’ll cheap but fresh Fruits and vegetables. I suggest to buy from here if you belong to a large group of family or friends living in one roof. You can save a lot of money by purchasing boxes of veggies and fruits. But, if you live in Dubai and live with one friend or living alone, I suggest buy from a grocery near you and just purchase what you need.
Khalid Lagoon Park
After we’ve seen the Central Souq, we walked around Khalid Lagoon where a lot of families were having picnics. It’s the best way to bond with your family and friends, share and eat home cooked meal while sitting on the grass during weekends.
Sharjah Dhow Restaurant
Along the dock of Khalid Lagoon near Marbella Resort, is Sharjah Dhow Restaurant. It’s a fine dining restaurant where they offered Middle eastern cuisines and costs 160 AED for two people. We have not tried it but I’ve inquired with the person near the entrance.
Map of Khalid Lagoon area: