Sharjah is called ‘the smiling emirate’ for a reason; its main distinguishing feature is friendly and welcoming atmosphere, so every traveler will feel himself a welcome guest. Before the trip, tourists are sure to get acquainted with basic rules that will allow understanding the local culture better and to avoid awkward situations.
It is simply impossible to imagine vacations in Sharjah without a visit to one of the local restaurants; national food strikes with abundance of original and incredibly tasty dishes. Delicious meat...
Those who expect to walk a lot around the city have to pay special attention to the outfit. Clothing should be of pastel tones and high-necked; outfit should be moderate even in the hot day. Bathing suits, shorts and short skirts are appropriate only on the beach; to walk around the city it’s better to buy loose and comfortable clothes made of cotton.
A number of special rules apply in the holy month of Ramadan; at this time, local residents observe a strict fast. It is forbidden to eat during the period from sunrise to sunset and alcoholic beverages are absolutely eliminated. Despite the fact that religious restrictions don’t apply to foreign visitors, the behavior must still be appropriate. During the day, you can only eat in restaurants or at the hotel; you shouldn’t appear on the streets with food. Even ordinary chewing gum can cause a large penalty; it is also forbidden to walk with bottles of soft drinks.
Sharjah is an attractive holiday destination for those who like shopping; walks around shops are among its top attractions. The Central Market is notable, as there are more than five hundred trade...
You have to be quiet in public places; the vivid display of emotions and feelings is not accepted. Local people have great respect to foreign visitors who are interested in the local culture. They are always happy to tell about local customs and are renowned for their hospitality. If local has invited you to come for a cup of coffee, don’t refuse in any case, as it can cause serious offense.
It’s necessary to thank for the hospitality and entertainment; if the host was the owner of one of the local stores, you definitely have to buy something from him. Sharjah features specific local markets that can be safely called the most colorful cultural sites. During the holy month of Ramadan the shopping festival takes place in the emirate; it always attracts a huge number of foreign visitors.