Different types of Sharjah sports are among the popular pastime activities indulged in by the native and foreign population inhabiting the emirate of Sharjah. Sharjah sports activities include tennis, soccer, golf, various water sports and animal racing and many more.
Different types of Sharjah Sports
Some of the most popular sports activities in Sharjah are as follows:
Soccer is the most important land sports in Sharjah and that of United Arab Emirates. It is under the initiatives of the Sharjah Football Club that the standards of soccer in Sharjah improved tremendously and the team became competent enough to participate and win a series of tournaments played on national and international levels. In fact, the name of Sharjah football is associated with victories in UAE Football League during 1973-1974 and other matches played towards the closing of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s.
The popularity of different kinds of water sports activities is increasing among the natives as well as the tourists visiting Sharjah. Activities like fishing, scuba diving, cruising, canoing, sub-aqua diving or snorkeling, water and wind surfing, jet skiing, deep sea diving, water skiing, boating and many more act as means of entertaining the tourists, hence contribute a lot in promoting travel and tourism in Sharjah.
As a prominent sports activity in Sharjah, horse racing is organized on competitive levels throughout the emirate, in the form of Dubai World Cup.
The Dubai World Cup is known to be the largest and the most famous horse race competition in the world.
Lawn tennis is increasing in popularity very fast in Sharjah, along with golf. Here, tennis courts are located in private clubs and hotels sprawling over Sharjah. Tennis championships of international standards are also held Sharjah, to promote this popular sports event on global level.
The practice of camel racing is inherent to the culture of United Arab Emirates. As the most popular and traditional sports activities of Sharjah, camel racing is usually organized in winter, from October till April. In fact, camel racing in Sharjah is closely associated with the camel race festival held annually in Al Wathba.
As one of the most popular golf destinations in the world, Sharjah takes the initiatives in organizing golf championships of international standards. Some of the first-class golf clubs located in Sharjah and its vicinities facilitates extensive promotion of the game.
Other popular Sharjah sports events include:
Shooting or Archery
Most of these activities are either held in playgrounds or club and hotel areas in Sharjah.