Sharjah staycation? The new tourism projects underway making the emirate a must-visit for 2021

Samira Banat
Aug 12, 2020

A water park, safari park and new luxury hotels…see Sharjah’s exciting new tourist attractions

When thinking of the UAE’s most famous tourist attractions, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa might spring to mind.

But thanks to a series of new tourist hotspots currently in development in Sharjah, the emirate is proving that it’s not one to be missed when planning a trip to the United Arab Emirates. In fact, the new developments – including a luxury hotel and a safari retreat – make for a dreamy staycation option for residents, too.

The tourism landmarks are being developed by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and are spread out across the emirate’s east coast and central region.

Blueprint for waterpark and resort project with Khor Fakkan's mountain and ocean views.
Blueprint for Khor Fakkan’s hotel and waterpark. Courtesy of Brooke Azumi.

Sharjah’s first water park

Located on the emirate’s east coast, Khor Fakkan is set to add Sharjah’s first waterpark to its impressive list of mountain views and beautiful beaches. To go along with the waterpark, Shurooq is already developing the beach area to house an amphitheatre, a skating rink, sports courts, picnic areas and a massive children’s play area.

If a day at the waterpark doesn’t sound like enough, a family-friendly five-star beachfront hotel hosting 66 rooms will also be stationed in the area.

And if you’re a fan of The Chedi Al Bait hotel then a night at its new sister opening needs to be on your radar. With 66 rooms, the Chedi Khorfakkan will make the ideal beach-located family-friendly hotel. Keeps your eyes peeled for bookings in 2021…

Wild oryx standing against Sharjah's golden desert landscape.
Wild oryx in the Al Dhaid region, Sharjah.

A new safari retreat

For 2021, UAE dwellers will no longer need to travel across the world to embark on a mind-blowing safari. The Al Dhaid region is known as the leading destination for Sharjah’s natural ecosystems and biodiversity, and to honour the wild inhabitants of the region, the emirate is set to open its first safari park, the Seih Al Bardi Kabeer Safari Park.

The 14-square-kilometre park located inside the Elebriddi Wildlife Protected Area is being developed in partnership with the Environment and Protected Areas Authority. This sustainable tourism project will be home to up to 50,000 native and imported animals. To guarantee a five-star experience, a 60-room family retreat will be the first hotel to open in the wildlife park, where guests will get the chance to encounter wildebeest, giraffes and rhinos during their stay.

An opening date for the safari park has yet to be announced.

Camping chairs spread out by a campfire in the red desert landscape of Mlehia, Sharjah.
The Mlehia Moon Resort. Courtesy of Shurooq.

The Moon Resort at Mlehia

An hour away from the city, Mlehia’s landscape is renowned for the desert escapades it has to offer. Recognised as one of Sharjah’s most unique destinations, home to a recently-discovered archeological site with a history that dates back thousands of years, it’s now taking on a more modern twist. With hopes of it becoming one of Sharjah’s must-visit attractions, a stunning new desert resort is set to welcome its first guests at the end of 2020.

The Moon Retreat will join Mysk Al Faya Retreat, and become Mlehia’s second accommodation option. The wildlife-inspired resort will house a complex of three single-storey buildings with just five rooms, and a one-of-a-kind spa located only a ten- minute drive from the archaeological site.

Kalba Waterfront’s Lagoon-View Hotel

Minutes away from Oman’s northern border, the Kalba Waterfront is already making the lists as one of the country’s most beautiful malls. To accompany the coastal shopping experience, the waterfront will offer spectacular views of the mangrove-lined lagoon, a park where visitors can reconnect with nature, al fresco waterfront dining, as well as a 1,600-square-metre children’s play zone.

Also in development is a luxury hotel directly adjacent to the waterfront, where you’ll get to enjoy the region’s mangroves, lagoons, palm forests and mountains.

Looking for more staycation options? Check out the three staycation spots to book in Sharjah this summer.