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In Arabic, Sharjah means rising sun. With a fascinating history dating back over 5,000 years, Sharjah was the most important seaport on the lower coastline of the Gulf, for many years. Its seafaring and trading roots are still in evidence today at its many busy boatyards and markets. After Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Sharjah is the third largest emirate of the UAE, and the most conservative of all seven. It is also the only emirate to have a coastline in both east and west coasts of the country. This generous expanse of land includes deserts, long sandy beaches, and many significant archaeological sites. Art and culture are the dominant influences in Sharjah, and its universities, libraries, museums and mosques celebrate a heritage that has evolved over many centuries. In 1998, Sharjah was named ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab World’ by UNESCO. The emirate is home to over 30 museums and heritage sites, including the largest art museum in the region. Sharjah is a shopping haven with modern malls and unique souks and bazaars. Sharjah has many choices in beach resorts and hotels of varying standards, with plenty of dining options, and sports and leisure facilities.


  • Art Museum
  • Central Market, called Blue Souk
  • Museum of Islamic Civilisation Show more
  • Heritage Area with Bait Al Naboodah House
  • Al Qasba, called the Eye of Emirates