Page update - Oct 15, 2022
What are the best beaches in the Emirate of Sharjah? Where to go if the hotel doesn't have its own beach? What are the hotels with private beaches in Sharjah? What is the dress-code? Read the answers on this page.
Starting February 26 and September 28, 2022, the requirement to wear masks in all the Arab Emirates is abolished outdoors (February) and in cafes and restaurants (September). Accordingly, masks are no longer officially required on beaches, including catering. However, do not forget that masks are still required in transport, so we advise you to carry a mask with you.
Women are only allowed to wear closed, Islamic-style swimsuits on public beaches in Sharjah. But it is only in theory. See the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.
In fact. Female tourists swim and sunbathe in open swimsuits, the bans don't stop them.
In the United Arab Emirates, there is no law that directly describes the norms of the dress-code. However, there is the Penal Code article 358 "Indecent public act", under which the violator can be fined and even imprisoned for up to 6 months. But in fact, no one has been punished for inappropriate clothing for more than 10 years.
The UAE has a "politeness policy" where tourists are asked to dress in accordance with the norms of public morality, informing with the help of posters and brochures. If tourists violate, sometimes guards at shopping malls and beach attendants verbally explain the rules. Police officers only give verbal warnings to violators.
And if the offender refuses to change clothes, even then he/she can be forcibly moved to a hotel or arrested. But for many years there have been no fines or trials.
So if you're going to the public beach and you want to swim in a bikini then prepare yourself morally for a guard or even a policeman who will politely explain the rules of decency and morality in the Emirate of Sharjah. However, the probability of this situation is now close to zero.
But if you decide to drink beer on the beach then you will likely get into serious trouble. Drinking in a public place in the UAE is strictly punishable, as we discussed in detail in the reviews "Laws for tourists in the UAE" and "Alcohol in Sharjah and the UAE".
If you book a hotel on the first beach line and with its own beach then you can not worry at all. No exact dress-code applies there. Female tourists even sunbathe topless, go in trunks-string, some hotels allow it (note that only SEVERAL hotels). Private hotel beaches are separated by high fences.
Important! Rules about clothing are set by hotel management. The rules vary from hotel to hotel. We advise you to ask about the rules in advance.
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Usually, you can be in a bikini in paid beaches. But sunbathing topless and wearing thongs is not allowed. This is the law of the emirate.
They are not many, so we can list them all.
|Coral Beach Resort
|Sheraton Sharjah Beach
|Radisson Blu Resort (now closed)
|Golden Beach (now closed)
|Sahara Beach Resort & Spa
|Lou'Lou'a Beach Resort
|Sharjah Beach Hotel
|Occidental Sharjah Grand
|Sharjah Carlton Hotel
Hotels with their own beach in all the United Arab Emirates are rare - no more than a hundred in all the seven emirates. Read our detailed review "UAE hotels with private beach" about them.
You can come to most of these hotels and get a private beach for a fee. Remember, however, that this is not guaranteed. The policy is determined by the administration of each hotel. The entrance fee varies from 10 to 70 dirhams.
If you don't want to pay then you can go to a public beach but there are not many of them in Sharjah.
Important Note! There is no developed public transport system in Sharjah - there are only a few bus lines. 9 times out of 10, you must take a cab to get from the hotel to the beach. Fares: boarding - 3,5 dirhams, one kilometer - 2 dirhams, the minimum fare - 13,5 dirhams. See our review "The UAE Dirham" for the current exchange rates.
With these prices, a trip to the beach can cost a pretty penny. You can save much money by choosing a hotel that offers free shuttle service to one of the public beaches.
For a map of the Sharjah coastline and a list of beaches and first-line hotels click here.
The total length of the beach line in Al Khan is 2 miles (3 kilometers), but about half of it is occupied by private hotel beaches. Another part is taken up by luxury residential complexes. Part of the beach line is fenced off, the entrance is paid.
The hotels there are: Sharjah Carlton Hotel, Occidental Sharjah Grand, Beach Hotel Sharjah, Sahara Beach Resort & Spa. These hotels are of a high level (by UAE standards), we can recommend them without a doubt.
Only 1,600 feet (500 meters) of public beach, from the western edge to the Al-Khan watchtower, are avaliable for ordinary visitors (not guests of these hotels).
Advantage: soft sand, shallow, lifeguards on duty. Also, if you get tired of the sun then you can go to the Sharjah Aquarium which is only 300 feet (100 meters) away.
The main disadvantage: there are always a lot of people there. Firstly, all the tourists from the hotels and guest houses deep in the Al Khan area go there to swim and sunbathe. Second, many off-coast hotels offer free shuttle service to Al-Khan beach.
Another disadvantage: the maximum depth, even near the buoys, is not more than 5 feet (1.5 meters). Lifeguards whistle actively if someone swims over the buoys. You will not be able to swim to your heart's content.
There are toilets and changing rooms, but not all tourists can find them. And those who did find them are not very happy as they are cleaned poorly and rarely.
If you do not like the public part, then walk to the east (behind the radio tower) for about 2,000 feet (600 meters). There will be a beautiful wild beach.
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Located along Corniche Street, from the Radisson Blu Resort Hotel to the end of Corniche Street where it turns into Al Muntazah Street (traffic circle).
The beach is not large, only 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) long, but most of it is not suitable for swimming and sunbathing. There are only three available sections. The first is a private part of the Radisson Blu Hotel. The second is a wild small part immediately east of the hotel. The third is a well-maintained part in the center.
This third well-maintained area is part of the Sharjah Ladies Club. Admission is for ladies only.
Entry fee is 150 dirhams for a full day, children an additional 70 dirhams.
For that money you get access to a private beach and swimming pool. Also for an additional fee there are: the Lafeef restaurant , a beauty salon, SPA-center, and a gym.
The length of the beach line is 2 miles (3.3 km) from the traffic circle and the beginning of Al Muntazah Street to the Sheraton Sharjah Beach and Coral Beach Resort hotels, to the border with the emirate of Ajman.
The condition of Sharjah Beach is uncertain. The fact is that in November 2017, Sharjah ruler Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi signed a renovation plan. Since then, work has been underway.
At the time this page was updated (October 2022), the road along the shore and the beach area had already been completed. But the infrastructure work is still underway. By the time you read this page, the state of construction will be different.
Right now, some parts of the beach are closed for swimming, some are open. For now, Sharjah Beach is still semi-wild. There are places with lifeguards and loungers, but most of the length is wild. The beach is nice, there is soft sand, gentle entrance to the water, shallow depth. There are always few people there.
The Emirate of Sharjah owns several small areas in the east of the country on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Khor Fakkan with a magnificent sandy beach is one of such territories.
If you come to the hotel in Khor Fakkan, enjoy. If you vacation in the main part of the Emirate of Sharjah, forget it, as the drive to Khor Fakkan is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) through the desert.
There are only 2 major hotels in Khor Fakkan now: Khorfakkan Hotel and Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa.
- When buying a package tour or booking a hotel in Sharjah, we strongly recommend that you explore in advance its location in relation to the beaches;
- Try to sunbathe and swim not in the hottest hours as it may be dangerous especially in summer months. Read our detailed review "Weather in the UAE by month";
- In the summer heat the sand can get up to 120°F (50°C) and higher. We recommend taking beach slippers, otherwise the sand can be painful to walk on. We talked about these nuances in the review "What to take in the UAE".
Have a great holiday in Sharjah, and read our interesting pages about the UAE (see the list of the pages below).
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