Having a Carrefour close at hand is always a delight
At Carrefour ... you can buy practically anything
The Carrefour at Sharjah City Centre is a pretty LARGE one and can serve as a one stop shop for all your household needs.
Ample paking space outside as well as in the basement and a Magic planet for your kids.
Grocey shopping in peace without the hassle of driving to a large mall and getting lost.
It was damn surprising to see no review of the Sahara Centre. How can this mall be ignored.
Sahara Centre is a mall that is 'extremely conveniently' located on the Dubai-Sharjah border.
Next to the mall there is the boundry fence with a small gate which is used by people to cross over.
Sahara Mall has become a cross-over point for people who travel between Dubai & Sharjah.
Typically, Taxi's charge an extra 20 AED to crossover so people change Taxi’s here and save the 20 AED or simply catch the RTA bus on Dubai side which connects to the nearest Metro Station as well.
Well, enough about the location (which is something that makes the mall pretty popular and well-frequented)
The mall has a Spinney’s in the basement for daily grocery, Movie Theatre (Grand Cinema) and Children’s entertainment centre (Adventure Land) on the Top Floor along with the food court with the usual outlets (40+).
Adventureland has about 20 absolutely thrilling rides for the kids, including UAE's first indoor roller coaster, a multi-level train and water flume ride. Grand Cinema has only 6 screens but you are likely to find something interesting.
The rest of the mall has numerous fashion outlets. Debenhams and Marks& Spencer being the largest stores in this mall.
One thing I can never forget is the IGLOO Ice cream stall which has a Tree with Ice Creams hanging from it (plastic not real). It’s a delight to watch.
I stayed near Sahara mall for about 3 months during which I used to visit it almost every week; now the frequency is less. It’s a great place if you are close by but not really that great that you would travel a distance to be there (You will surely have better options closer at hand)
How can I forget Saravana Bhavan !! This was the first restaurant of Sharjah I dined in. it was close to my resident and I this restaurant before any other when we moved in.
We pushed our luggage in our empty apartment and went to SB for lunch. It was good!
Saravana Bhavan - is yet another Pure Vegetarian Restaurant ... a pretty good one at that.
It specialises in South Indian food (and also serving North Indian)
Located very conveniently on the King Faisal Road opposite EMax and Holiday Inn, it is easy to locate. Parking is seldom a problem since there is some decent space for parking right outside the restaurant.
I am an Idli-Dosa fan and have tried almost all of their 18 different types of Dosa !!
Easy on the Pocket.
What more do you want :)
Sky 24 Sports and Leisure Club, Sharjah, one of its kind in the UAE which takes sports, leisure and entertainment to a pretty high level, in fact, up to the 24th floor :)
Yes, Sky24 is actually located on the 24th floor of the Al Durrah Tower Building which overlooks the Sharjah (Buhaira) Lagoon. It has breathtaking views of the cornice from all corners of the Club.
Sky 24 has a 'club house' that has an ice-skating rink, bowling center, fast-food restaurant, pool hall and a lounge area. They also have Table Tennis, Video Games, Network Games and a Children Play Area. AND how can I forget that they also have a swimming pool and health club along with a Squash court.
Now re-imagine ALL of THIS on the 24th floor of a building. Isn’t it amazing !!!
Initially, I had thought it was just the bowling-skiing-tennis-pool etc that was right there in front of my eyes. But Sky24 has much more than that to offer.
They also have services like Relaxing Massages, Martial Arts training classes, Birthday Party arrangements in their Café, Summer Camps for children during the holidays and also personal training in the Gym and Swimming coaching.
Throughout the Club, there are many Televisions so even if you had to wait between two games, you won’t be bored. There are also two big 60” screen projectors …
At the ground level the Centre has access to an underground parking area while there is an additional 5-level parking at the rear in an adjacent dedicated building.
Location wise, it is pretty convenient - 200 meters away from Millennium Hotel; 100 meters from the Sharjah 'Canal'; 200 meters from Al Khan flyover. Hope that info helps
Oh! And yes, did I mention they have Aerobic classes too !!
It truly is a very interesting leisure place in the ‘sky’ !!
And if this helps; there is ‘carrefour market’ right next to the Al Durrah centre so u can do ur grocery on ur way back home :)
If you have been to the Dubai Mall, you might feel that you have seen that so Sharjah’s Aquarium can be surely skipped. Well … you may be right but if you have time at hand and have seen the most of dubai, this place of Sharjah is worth a visit.
Another advantage of Sharjah’s Aquarium is that unlike The Dubai Mall, it is not very crowded (unless you end up visiting when a school has brought its children to the aquarium).
Its calm, quiet and peaceful in there. You can watch the fish swim around in complete silence / peace. This is not possible to do in the Dubai Mall Aquarium.
The unique design of the aquarium allows you to wander happily through tunnels and over bridges to gain differing perspectives on the 250 species, some rare, some just colourful, living in this beautifully constructed habitat. It’s an interesting experience.
Typically open from 8 am to 8 pm except Fridays when it is from 4 to 9 and Sundays when it is closed. Tickets for adults are at 20 while children above 4 years go for 10 AED. A family ticket can be bought for 50 AED (2 Adults + 3 children)
I personally recommend keeping aside at least 3 hours for this although at the end of the 3 years you might just resolve to come back again to the aquarium with a little more time at hand. I would suggest you look at the picture gallery on their website … it might encourage you to visit them http://www.sharjahaquarium.ae/Gallery.htm
They have a restaurant, a cafeteria and a gift shop too.
And since it is close to the sea, once you are done with the Aquarium, take a stroll out there on the Sharjah beach and you have a perfect evening planned out.
Finding a pure vegetarian restaurant is not really all that easy in UAE. So for a pure vegetarian like me, finding a pure-veg restaurant and a good one at that is like a continuous quest.
The Meena Bazar area in Dubai had some pure veg restaurants including Kamat (near Al Manzel Tower) and they told me they had a branch in Sharjah too. So when I realized that my residence was close to Kamat restaurant in Sharjah … it was like a major relief.
Kamat is one of the finest vegetarian restaurants around here. And they even serve Jain food (food with no onion, no garlic, no potato etc) ... in fact they are one of those very few who actually understand the meaning of Jain Food AND make delicious servings of the same.
There are other restaurants in the vicinity with prices lower than Kamat; but once you have dined at Kamat, you are kinda hooked. The restaurant is usually packed in the evening with at least a few families standing outside in waiting.
The food available in a fine and wide variety is absolutely delicious. The service is great and staff is pretty helpful. The restaurant is always clean and bright. It’s a warm feeling to be in there.
Parking can be a challenge especially on the weekends; the parking space outside the restaurant is pretty packed and you might have to drive around to find a spot. For those living close by, they even deliver (something I have used plenty of times)
I would normally eat out of Kamat at least 8-10 times in a month and mind you, I never got bored of their food
And how can I forget to mention their fabulous Ice Creams with speciality flavors like Paan which has received rave reviews from many
If you are looking for a pure veg restaurant, I am pretty confident, your search ends here
Kamt is very conveniently located on King Faisal street near the E-Max. Dinner at Kamat followed by a nice evening walk along the cool Buhaira Corniche makes a perfectly romantic evening :)
Hope the vegetarians find this review useful
Sharjah City Centre (SCC) is not meant for tourists. It is something where residents around it go every other day.
Location – Located on Al Wahda road which also has the other two major malls and a LULU hypermarket. You will have plenty of options once on that road.
Parking – Plenty of basement parking and also open air parking around the mall.
No movie theatre (sad) although there is a movie theatre right next to SCC. This particular movie theatre has a few screens (3-4) and plays only INDIAN movies. I have never seen a Hollywood movie being screened here.
Carrefour – The most important and largest part of SCC is the Carrefour. Most people entering SCC are visiting the Carrefour. The Carrefour is the major crowd puller.
Food Court – small food court with limited options but good enough.
There are a lot of electronic shops in the ground floor and if you were to casually walk around the entire mall, it might not take more than 20 minutes to see all the stores in there.
That small it is.
BUT, although small, it is a place where you find people all the time. I go there often myself, if not for anything else but the Carrefour
This was close to the place where I have lived for about 8 months so SCC has a special place in my heart ... SCC is a resident's delight ... for someone who needs to go to Carrefour to do some quick shopping/grocery etc .. SCC is a delight. You can go straight to carrefour and the mall is small so u dont get lost inside it (unlike other BIG and HUGE malls of Dubai) :)
Many have written about it, but still I felt I should write about my most visited place in Dubai. The largest mall of the world: The Dubai Mall (TDM)
Parking - PLENTY, dedicated spaces related to movie theatre, ice rink etc making it easy to reach the place of interest and then get back to the car
Location – located in the most happening place of dubai ... Downtown Dubai … TDM is literally at the at the foot of Burj Khalifa. Well connected and easy to reach by public transport too.
Eating Options – Food courts on Ground floor and Top floor. Ground floor one is near the Dancing Fountains while the top floor one is near the movie theatre / kidzania / s. There is plenty of variety as far as eating options are concerned. Beside the food court, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafe' to choose from.
You can practically dine in a different restaurant every time, even if you went to TDM every week :)
Reel multiplex – an absolutely wide variety of choice including the Art House. With 20+ screens, you can walk in anytime and find a movie of your choice playing.
Sega World & Kidzania - Kids can have all the fun . These two fun spots provide extremely engaging activities for the kids. Sega is all fun but Kidzania combined learning with fun making it worthwhile.
Ice Rink - only one in Dubai I would say, I haven’t seen any other around. (there might be very small ones though)
Gold Souq - a place to see. You enter the Gold Souq at TDM and suddenly you are transported into a different world all together. You forget at times that you are in TDM. You gotta see it.
Aquarium Window, Fountain and Waterfall – 3 major attractions at Dubai every visitor MUST visit. The Aquarium window is the largest in the world and so are the dancing fountains. The waterfall has a soothing effect on you
The aquarium itself has exotic sea creatures. A very interesting place to spend a few hours
TDM a delight for the Tourist & the shopper’s and a nightmare for the husband
Burjuman is always a joy to visit. During Ramadan, they have put up a special Majlis tent which is set up in the mall for visitors to experience the BUrjuman hospitality. There is traditional oud music performed live every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Open till midnight, it becomes a nice visit in late evenings.
Carrefour might be a surprising entry here but they have a food and snack counter in there and it can be real handy. You dont have to go find another restaurant. You can pick up the food while shopping in there and even grab a bit on the snacks while shopping (but remember eating and drinking inside the store is not allowed) :)
I found a large variety of dates at Lulu at good prices. Before I visited Lulu in Dubai, I did not even know so many different varieties of dates even existed. Now I am wiser. It is interesting to see, taste and feel the texture of the different varieties of dates.
SOme nice decorations have been put up in the mall of the emirates ... a lot of stars have been put on display in the atrium at MOE and they create a nice Ramadan atmosphere in the mall. They are even doing a FB contest on the stars in the mall. :)
JW Marriott Hotel has a very unique iftar arrangement which is in a grand indoor tent located in the hotel’s atrium. The tent is has rich drapery, comfortable cushions and seating and the ambience reflects the spirit of Ramadan. Its a grand way for iftar
Wild Wadi is an enjoyable place to go round the year. During Ramadan, their hours of operation are extended till midnight and they even have the special sundowner prices for late evening visits. Nothing better to beat the summer evenings...