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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Author Sakena. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Author Sakena

Sharjah: the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates

The emirate of Sharjah is, after those in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the third largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, it is also the only one that overlooks the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This emirate overlooks for a short distance of 16 km on the Persian Gulf, belong to the territory of the emirate also three enclaves located on the east coast along the Gulf of Oman, these enclaves are Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Dibba al-Husn.

The city of Sharjah (519.000 inhabitants, the third largest of the Emirates) is the main commercial and administrative center of the Emirate, and it’s also the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates. Located in the heart of United Arab Emirates, Sharjah is just 15 km from Dubai, while Abu Dhabi is located about 200 km from Sharjah. The main attractions of the city are the two covered souq, several elegant mosques, beautiful recreational areas and public parks such as Al Jazeirah Fun Park and Al Corniche Buheirah.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Author Emmanuel Eragne. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Author Emmanuel Eragne

Sharjah is considered the cultural capital of the UAE, there are in fact many important museums such as the Sharjah Archaeology Museum, the Sharjah Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and Desert Park (Sharjah Natural History Museum and Desert Park), the  Islamic Museum, the Heritage Museum. The Expo Centre is well known for the annual book fair that is famous throughout the region.

FLIGHT INFORMATION: The city is served by an international airport (Sharjah International Airport), which is located 10 km south-east of the city center. The airport is the second largest cargo hub in the Middle East.

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