Going To Have A Layover At Sharjah Airport Then Do Not Forget To Plan Beforehand!
Being a small, outdated terminal at Sharjah Airport (code: SHJ) handles Middle Eastern and Asian traffic. It’s basically a small airport which is usually crowded and the reviews from passengers are not that great. There are variety of local and Western eateries (all are 24 hours!) as well as duty-free and retail shops. Free WIFI helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge that has showers. Adding to this airport has all these basic facilities like ATMs / Cash Machines, Baby Care Facilities, Banking Services, Business Centre, Children’s Play Area, Currency Exchange, Information Desk, Luggage Trolleys, Medical Services, Mobile Charging, Pharmacy, Prayer Rooms and Mosque, Rest Zones and Smoking Rooms.
Even with all this facilities it is hard to pass a 12 to 24 hrs long layover. So, it is better to plan accordingly beforehand and explore the city and its heritage. If your layover in Sharjah Airport exceeds 8 hrs, you can get a UAE transit visa and head out to explore the different attractions in Sharjah
Sharjah is the acclaimed cultural capital of the region. Some of the best places to visit in Sharjah include the beautiful Sharjah Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the city and the Blue Souk or Central Market which is a local market where you can shop for gold and silver jewellery, textiles, carpets, antiques and even electronics. If you only have time to visit only one location, the Al Qasba Canal is a great place to start as it has some of the best free activities in Sharjah and picture-perfect views.
And to amaze you more one underrated sightseeing spot in Sharjah is Al Mahatta Museum in Sharjah which made aviation history in 1932 when the emirate’s first flight landed on the Al Mahatta runway. Al Mahatta Museum in Sharjah Museum is clean, well maintained with excellent exhibits related to aviation and aviation history of the region.
They have a few aircraft on displayed that were part of the aviation history of the region such as a DC3, De Havilland Dove and Heron, Anson and Auster Autocrat. Further to this there is a cockpit section of a De Havilland Comet and a VC10.
There is also a number of exhibits such as engines, radios and photos related to the history of aviation in the region