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The Cultural Capital


Sharjah is the third largest of the seven Emirates and is the only one to have land on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Historically, Sharjah was one of the wealthiest towns in the region with a settlement in existence for over 5, 000 years. In 1998, UNESCO named this Emirate “The Cultural Capital of the Arab World” due to its commitment to art, culture and preserving its heritage. Dibba Al Hisn, Khorfakkan and Kalba comprise Sharjah’s eastern regions.


The city of Sharjah could be described as the very close more conservative neighboring sister to Dubai, with either city being only a few minutes from the other by taxi or bus. Sharjah appears to be, and indeed is, more established as a city than Dubai. But it’s very modern high-rise skyline would otherwise deceive. Considered to be the Cultural Capital of the UAE, any visitor will find an abundance of local heritage as they explore or even pass through the city. Old and modern Islamic Art and Architecture join with each other in a serene unison.


Sharjah offers a number of excellent hotels, including a number with beachfronts. A little less resourced with shopping malls, Sharjah’s charms lie in its colorful souks and the vibrancy of the hustle & bustle as haggling and trade is conducted.


Whether you chose to stay in Sharjah or just pass through on a visit, you will be sure to take away a lasting impression of the city’s beauty and roots in Islamic culture.


 
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