"Sharjah: A Hop, Skip and a Drive Away from Dubai" Sharjah by rachelleiris
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Only a hop, skip and a drive away from Dubai (okay okay, 30 minutes by car or bus and $1.75 away, to be exact)… Sharjah makes a perfect weekend get-away.
Before you know it, you’re up in the air for a slow, vertigo-inducing but marvelous Eye of the Emirates ride in Qanat Al Qasba for only $7..
Or at the clean man-made canal -- enjoying a nice romantic boat ride...
Or at a resto set against the wonderfully-lit canal -- enjoying an al fresco dinner (only if it’s not the summer season!)
Or at the Central Souk -- shopping and haggling till you drop! It is in this Central Souk where you can find authentic Persian carpets, colorful Moroccan lamps, authentic or maybe sometimes fake jewels and traditional costumes from all over the land, and some antique finds from Iran, China, Turkey, India and Pakistan.
(Note: The key here is to play-hard-to-get to the point of walking away slowly from the shop…. And wait… wait for a couple of seconds… until the salesperson comes practically running behind you to ask how much you want to buy this item or that. And of course, with just a bit of acting… you win! You get the item that you like so much at the lowest “bestest” price ever!)
Anyway, going back… (Bargain shopping always makes me digress!) Aside from restaurant, mall, souk and museum-hopping, there’s really not much to see in Sharjah. Or maybe we haven’t really explored it just yet. But just the same, we had a helluva grand time in this Emirate which is probably ten times quieter and cleaner than Dubai! We shall definitely come back to Sharjah for more! =)
- Pros:quiet, clean and laid-back
- Cons:stricter policies and possible dangers at some dimly-lit areas
The (open) secrets to shopping in Sharjah Central Souk are: - Haggle for half (or even a third or a quarter of) the... more travel advice
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