On this five-hour tour, you’ll get to know Sharjah, the emirate next door to Dubai. First on the agenda is the Museum Of Islamic Civilisation. This golden dome-topped building started life as a busy souk. These days it houses more than 5,000 artefacts from all over the Islamic World. After you’ve had an hour to explore, you’ll continue on to the Heritage Museum. Here, five galleries each exhibit a different aspect of life in the emirate, from birth to wedding ceremonies and burial rituals. Next, you’ll visit the Arsah Souk, where you’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs or relax with a cup of traditional mint tea, before heading off to the Al Eslah School Museum. Founded in 1938, this was the first formal educational institute in Sharjah. As you tour its classrooms, which are filled with wooden desks and antique ink pots, you’ll get a feel for what it was like to go to school here 70 years ago. The last stop of the day will be at the Souq Al Markazi, a huge indoor marketplace where more than 100 stalls sell gold and silver antiques, perfume and clothes.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.