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The Best Day Trips From Sharjah

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Updated: 18 October 2017
Sharjah is filled with attractions such as the Blue Souk and the Arabian Wildlife Center, however it’s sometimes good to have a little getaway. Most of the other six emirates are a short drive away, making it a perfect base from which to explore the best of the UAE.

Dubai Parks And Resorts

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Dubai Parks And Resorts

Anyone looking to have a fun day, filled with adrenaline, laughter and rides definitely needs to head to Dubai Parks And Resorts. The massive theme park combines four smaller parks: Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Riverland Dubai—thus making for an exciting experience for all ages and persuasions. Best of all is that the drive from Sharjah takes less than an hour.

Dubai Parks And Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, +971 800 2629464

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Aquaventure Waterpark

There’s nothing better than a day in the sun in Dubai for a break from the monotony of everyday life. About a 50-minute drive from Sharjah, you will find yourself at Atlantis The Palm, where one of Dubai’s most popular waterparks is located. Aquaventure Waterpark is guaranteed fun for the entire family. Children can run around and play on the rides, while mom and dad enjoy the lazy river and work on their tans.

Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, +971 4 426 0000

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Dubai Mall

You might ask, “Why head to the mall for a day trip?” However, Dubai Mall is so unique and packed with activities, one could spend a whole day there and still not see everything that this venue has to offer. From exploring your pick of the 1,200 outlets, to checking out the aquarium and the zoo, ice skating and dining in the fantastic range of restaurants. A trip to Dubai Mall is certain to make for a great day and is no longer than a 30-minute drive from Sharjah.

Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, +971 800 382246255

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Via Ferrata

For anyone looking for a day trip which combines beautiful sights, adrenaline pumping activities and an altogether unforgettable experience—Via Ferrata will make for the ideal destination. Located in Ras Al Khaimah and a drive of a bit over an hour and a half from Sharjah, this 1km route along the mountains is a must-do for anyone who loves adventure. The exhilarating experience includes three zip lines and is located in on the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais.

Via Ferrata, Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

For an outing which marries religion, culture and one of the UAE’s main attractions, head to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. About a two-hour drive from Sharjah, it is one of the most beautiful in the UAE, with pure marble walls and colorful floral patterns made of semi-precious stones. A quick day trip to the capital can be educational, as the mosque is the perfect place to learn more about Islam and the culture of the UAE.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th Street, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 419 1919

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Ferrari World

If the thought of a trip to Dubai Parks and Resorts isn’t thrilling enough, try Ferrari World and ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster. An 80-minute journey by road from Sharjah, and you’ll get a chance to ride Formula Rossa, the record-breaking rollercoaster which accelerates to 240km/h in a mere five seconds. In this theme park, visitors can also ride Ferrari simulators, check out exhibitions and eat in one of several food and beverage outlets.

Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 496 8000

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Fujairah

This day trip is a bit longer than the others, taking around two hours and a half to get to from Sharjah. That’s because Fujairah is the only one of the seven Emirates located on the east coast of the country, making it more distant than the rest. However, this is the ultimate day trip, offering a mix of seaside activities, including snorkeling. The Emirate has a singularly stunning landscape of beaches and mountains, and the sights alone are worth taking the trip for.

Fujairah, UAE