Buhaira Corniche in Sharjah

Buhaira Corniche

The emirate of Sharjah is considered to be the cultural hub of the UAE. It’s not as flashy & cosmopolitan as its counterparts Dubai & Abu Dhabi – but it’s a perfect blend of tradition & modernity. It has got a global feel to it – what with a large number of expatriates residing here – but at the same time, there’s a strong influence of Emirati culture & traditional heritages that pervade every aspect of Sharjah’s lifestyle.

Sharjah – UAE’s third-most populous city – also has a fair number of tourist attractions. Aquarium, Museum of Islamic Civilization, Desert Park, Heritage Area, Wildlife Center – you would have your hands full while visiting Sharjah trip. But along with these, there is another spot that you should not miss. And that is – the Buhaira Corniche.

Located by Khaled Lake, the Buhaira Corniche is a beautifully constructed path. It runs for a distance of 6-7 km. it can justifiably lay claim to be among the most eye-catching and peaceful Sharjah City Tour. Tourists – and locals – drop in here for walking, jogging, cycling, or just to sit awhile and rest.

Being very well-connected with the city, you won’t find it difficult to reach the Corniche at all.

Things to Do at Buhaira Corniche

In case you don’t have much time in hand when you have visited the Corniche, then you might simply take aimless walks and soak in the beauty of the road & the adjoining lake. But we would suggest that you come here with ample time to spare.

Take long walks or go for a jog in the jogging track. The tracks are extremely well-maintained and amply lit. there are also benches at regular intervals for you have a seat from time to time. There are also big & mid-sized shopping malls & hypermarkets here to satisfy the shopaholic in you.

Besides these, there are also several other attractions in and around the Corniche that are simply not to be missed for a tourist visit Sharjah. Let’s take a look at them.

  • Al Noor Mosque

Completed in 2005, this massive mosque can comfortably seat over 2,200 people at a time. Also known as the “mosque of light,” the construction of the mosque is heavily inspired by the Ottoman style. You might as well be mistakenly thinking that you are in Turkey!

This is the only mosque in Sharjah that allows the entry of non-Muslims. So, even if you are not a Muslim, feel free to enter & explore the magnificence of the mosque & its intricate designs. You can also click photographs inside the mosque. And in case you are worried about whether your clothes are suitable for entering a place of worship, relax! There are shops outside the Al Noor Mosque where you would get clothes that are appropriate to enter the mosque.

Entry Fee: None
Timings: Visitors are allowed to enter the mosque between Monday and Thursday

  • Al Majaz Park

A beautiful lakefront along the Corniche, the Al Majaz Park allows you enjoyment opportunities like a splash park, mini golf course, and a recreational center. The park is spread over 230,000 square feet. The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority had commissioned the park in 2010.

Besides indulging in some gaming, you can satiate your taste buds here in popular eating joints like the Emirgan Sutis Restaurant, Shakespeare & Co., and several others more. You may let the children in the group frolic around in the recreational centers & playgrounds meant for them, while you hire a bike and explore the neighborhood. Dhow boat rides are also available here. And while you are here, you might as well check out the light and sound show at the Sharjah Musical Fountain.

Entry Fee: None
Timings: Round the clock

  • Al Noor Island

Named after the mosque, the island is located in the Khaled Lake. This is more or less opposite to the Al Noor Island Mosque. A visit to the island will refresh you with its serenity. Take a look at the butterfly house and also the literature & art gardens. It would be time well spent. If you are hungry, head for the Al Noor Café for some delicious snacks and coffee/tea. The vibrant nightlife in the garden is an added attraction for many tourists & locals.

Entry Fee: Age 3-12 years – AED 20 per head; above 13 years’ age – AED 35 per head. However, the attractions at the island are priced separately.
Timings: Round the clock

Where to Satisfy Hunger Pangs?

Well, there is no dearth of choices for this. In fact, simply checking out the various eateries at the Buhaira Corniche is a full-fledged activity in itself, leaving everything else aside.

Old favorite international food chains like Pizza Hut, KFC, Burger King, Subway, and more have a robust presence here – much like anywhere else in the world. These chains are tried & tested. But that should not deter you from checking out eateries like Zahr El-Laymoon, Hummus Cafeteria, and Donya Al Sham. These restaurants provide immaculately-prepared local cuisine that would leave you craving for more.

But if you are in the mood for just a plain ol’ cup of coffee, then head for one of the many small and soothing cafes located here. Sip on the coffee as you relax and enjoy the views of the surroundings. And most of these eateries remain open beyond midnight, so you needn’t get worried about them closing.

Best Time to Visit?

The best time to visit Buhaira Corniche is during the cooler months from September to March, when the temperatures are more pleasant and enjoyable for outdoor activities. The weather during this time is also less humid, making it easier to explore the area and take in the stunning views of the Al Noor Mosque and the Sharjah skyline.

How to Reach Buhaira Corniche?

You can hire a taxi or rent a car and reach the corniche from anywhere in Sharjah. If you are coming from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, then also this is a viable option.

Alternatively, you might decide into a bus operated by the Sharjah Tourism Department. These buses will take you to Buhaira Corniche. Government-run buses are also available from Dubai & Abu Dhabi. These buses run at regular intervals, are fast, and also economical.

To conclude, the Buhaira Corniche is a very popular tourist attraction of Sharjah. It offers a wide range of exciting activities to keep you entertained. So, don’t miss out on it!