Sharjah Central Souq is arguably the most featured aspect of the emirates’ tourism offering. You’ve seen it, it’s the place with the blue paint that looks like an old European train station. You’ve seen images of the interior online as well. Shops full of gold and carpets, stalls of trinkets and watches. You may know someone who has been, they may have said not to bother – there’s no Starbucks!
Well the reality of the Sharjah Central Souq is that there is no expansive food court, and if you chose to meander round the ground floor window shopping you could easily be finished in ten minutes. But, if you go there in need of a special piece of jewelry you can have one made. There are a few shops that will melt down what they have and custom build the piece of your desires. You can also get a superb carpet/rug for a bargain
Sharjah Central Souq is not a place you will find price tags. It’s as close to a traditional souq (market) as you’ll find in the modern UAE. If you believe the more ambitious elements of the UK press you’d be of the opinion the UAE is devoid of culture. Sharjah would politely like to disagree.