Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the UAE and has stretches across the country. The largest part reaches from the city on the Arabian Gulf inland to the Central Region which includes several cities and towns such as Dhaid, Madam and Maleha.
It also has several enclaves on the East Coast – Dibba al Hisn, Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Khor Kalba and Wadi el Helou. If you visit any of these places, you will notice that they have the same features of the city of Sharjah – local government buildings in Arabic architecture, beautiful mosques, the corniches with attractive gardens, ornate street lamps, play parks and family areas, sports and youth facilities along with educational and cultural facilities such as university campuses, community colleges, libraries, theatres, etc. They are also venues for Sharjah’s numerous festivals, such as the Light Festival and Sharjah Children’s International Film Festival.
Culture plays a large role in Sharjah following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan al Qasimi. It has been named Cultural Capital of the Arab World twice in recent years and is home to many museums (over 25), theatres, heritage areas, sports facilities and youth clubs, and seats of learning. It also hosts several festivals, conferences and forums. All local government buildings are designed in Arabic architectural styles.
Sharjah also has a rich historical past and there are many archeological sites across the emirate.
The emirate is more conservative than others and certain things are not allowed, such as alcohol. It is very family-oriented and provides many facilities for family leisure activities.
Whether it’s seeing wildlife, learning about history, relaxing on the waterfront, visiting museums, there’s something for everyone in Sharjah!