Page update - Oct 23, 2022
The Emirate of Sharjah boasts a huge number of beautiful mosques and interesting museums. But the entertainment options are not many in Sharjah. The dancing fountains on the Al Majaz Waterfront are one of the best ways to spend a good evening.
By the situation of October 2022, the fountains are operational. Starting September 28, 2022, the UAE abolished the requirement to wear masks in cafes and restaurants, and earlier in February 2022 abolished the requirement of masks outdoors. It turns out that you can now watch the Sharjah Fountains show without a mask anyway. The social distance 1 meter (3.3 feet) is still mandatory.
Al Majaz Waterfront is located in the western part of the Emirate of Sharjah. Al Majaz is far from most beach hotels, not within walking distance. The best way to get there is by cab. The ride cost varies from AED 13.5 to AED 20, depending on the location of the hotel. See the current exchange rates of the Emirati dirham (AED) on our page "What is the money in Sharjah and the UAE", and the fares on the page "Taxis in Sharjah and the UAE".
Trying to take the local buses is a waste of time and money. The bus ticket costs 6 dirhams, which is expensive. And you have to change buses and pay twice.
Watch the show for free.
As of this page was updated (October 2022) the show is going at: 6:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm, 10:30pm. On Thursdays and Fridays there are additional shows at 11:30pm and midnight.
The timetable changes frequently. To view the current schedule, please visit https://www.almajaz.ae/schedule.html
Attention! The schedule is adjusted each day depending on the time of Muslim prayer. Don't be surprised that some shows may be missed or moved by time even if they are on the official schedule. This applies to the early shows from 6 pm to 8 pm.
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The construction of the public park on the promenade of Al Majaz Khalid Lagoon started in 2010 by order of the Investment and Development Authority of the Emirate of Sharjah (SHUROOQ). The central attraction in the park were the large dancing fountains.
In addition to the fountains, the Al Majaz waterfront park includes: a dozen restaurants and several dozen small fast food outlets, jogging and cycling paths, a sculpture park, a mosque, a huge "dry" fountain Splash (paid), the area for holidays and cultural events, and a mini-golf course. The project cost 120 million dirhams for the Emirate of Sharjah.
The first performance of the fountains was held on February 24, 2012. Princess Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the daughter of the ruling Emir of Sharjah and a member of the SHUROOQ Board of Directors, attended the opening ceremony. It is strange that His Majesty Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi did not open the attraction in person, he usually does not miss such events. Why wasn't he there? The media is silent.
Many tourists in Sharjah decide whether to limit themselves to the local dancing fountains or go to Dubai to see the Dubai Fountains. We wrote about them in detail in the review "Fountains of Dubai". We would recommend seeing both. But if you have to choose, let's try to compare them objectively.
The Fountains of Sharjah consist of one long chain of water pumps, the total length of the installation is 720 feet (220 meters). They are less than the Dubai Fountains by about half in total length and the number of pumps. The maximum jet height of the fountains in Sharjah is 328 feet (100 meters), compared to 492 feet (150 meters) in Dubai.
In Sharjah, the jets create two giant screens of water on which the images are projected using lasers and video projectors. See how it happens in the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.
This is the main difference between Dubai and Sharjah fountains. In the Dubai show the emphasis is on the dance of the water jets. But in Sharjah show the emphasis is on lasers and light.
Therefore it is difficult to say which fountains are bigger and more interesting, because the shows are very different in nature. See both shows, because getting to Dubai from Sharjah is not very expensive and long. We wrote about it in detail in the review "How to get from Sharjah to Dubai".
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Fountains in Sharjah shows a unique water and light show that has no analogues in the world so far. It is based on the Turkish artistic technique of Ebru where pictures are drawn on a special thick solution of special dyes and then the picture is transferred to paper. This technique is also known as "water marble".
The main designer of the show is Garip Ay, a recognized master of ebru technique from Istanbul. The show presents the process of creating unique ebru patterns and it is an indescribable spectacle. Don't miss it.
In addition to the Ebru show, the fountains show five other show programs. The most impressive of them is the "Sharjah Main Show", which is performed in two versions - in Arabic and English.
All 6 shows are shown each day, just in a different sequence. Arrive by 6:30 pm and you can see all the shows in one evening. Al Majaz Waterfront Park has plenty to do in between shows.
- Those tourists who want to watch the show with a glass of beer or wine, we have to disappoint. Alcohol is prohibited in the Emirate of Sharjah. Read our detailed review "Alcohol in Sharjah and the UAE";
- Al Majaz promenade has a dress code like all public places in Sharjah. Read our review "What is not allowed in Sharjah and the UAE";
- If you are interested in dancing fountains then think about visiting the new Guinness record fountains in Dubai. Read the details in our review "Palm Fountains".
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