Have you ever heard about the cliche of being a foreigner in your own land? I kind of feel like that towards Sharjah, the city that I've been living in for the past 2 years, until just recently when I have finally braved the odds and explore the places that are literally just within my reach. I have always been upfront about my Keep Calm and Go To Dubai drama and while that still holds true, I actually love living in Sharjah on a daily basis. It's a break from a city of millions like Dubai but it's not even close to being deserted compared to the rest of the Emirates. It's like someplace in between, kind of feels like being in two places at once.
So when I had the chance in the form of yet another visit from my Abu Dhabi-based friend, Teen. I asked her to ditch Dubai for a change and walk around Sharjah instead. And since I have been hearing a lot of good things about the newest attraction in town, Al Majaz Waterfront, it's about time we give it a try! The corniche area is just a 10 minute walk from our place which is actually ideal save for the high humidity that night but it was bearable so off we go. Our first stop is along the Corniche Plaza where we chased fireworks - literally. As we were walking our way towards the waterfront, we talked and laughed and talked nonstop! The waterfront show is an awesome and refreshing sight! During that time, they were showing a film which is basically for kids, who outnumbered the adults around the venue that night! I love the thought of kids hanging around recreational parks with parents on weekends, I'm a cheeseball like that. We stood there among the sea of people, drank in the sight of the wonderful landscape and when the show's done, we checked out the restaurants around the place after and decided on TGIFriday's since we both could really use a "drink". And here comes the rest of the night in photos!
T.G.I.Friday's | Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah
And since from where we were, you can easily spot the Eye of the Emirates already and us being the crazy spontaneous girls that we are, we decided to keep on walking - towards the eye this time! And it's very rewarding to have seen a smile on Teen's face when we were finally there! Aside from the Keep Calm jazz, you probably have heard about my other claim too, about how London Eye Can Wait. And this is why. It also doesn't help that there's a Water Fountain that looks exactly like that of UST Quad Park's so we shared a very brief yet sentimental moment watching the midnight fountain display for a bit! There's also an array of restaurants and coffee shops, even ice cream and gelato parlors around but we were still full so we just went around walking and talking and laughing, standard. There's just so much you can do around the area but we just had enough time for the eye and the fountains that night so that's all I can share for now! There's also a scheduled fireworks display on Fridays, 10P. Here's how the place looks like!
Eye of the Emirates | Al Qasba, Sharjah
So it was safe to say that at the end of our day, I ended up with another theory: never ever underestimate the power of the city you are in. Mine happens to be Sharjah and I couldn't be happier to have these new and not-so-new attractions around me. Sometimes, you need not look far. Most of the time, the things you're looking for are just within your reach but you're too stubborn and too distracted looking the other way, the further one, that you fail to appreciate what's right in front of you. True with Sharjah, true in life.
You can follow Al Majaz Waterfront on twitter here. Announcement of the shows and whatnots are posted there so it'll be a huge help if and ever you decide on spending a Friday of yours in the area.