The emirate of Sharjah is, after those of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the third largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates. This is also the only emirate overlooking the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This emirate, in fact, besides overlooking the Gulf of Oman, also overlooks a short stretch of coast 16 km long on the Persian Gulf. In addition, three enclaves located on the east coast along the Gulf of Oman also belong to the emirate’s territory. These enclaves are the towns of Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Dibba al-Husn.
The city of Sharjah has more than five hundred thousand inhabitants, and is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. This city is also the main administrative and commercial center of the Emirate and the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates. Located along the coast of the Persian Gulf, in the center of the United Arab Emirates, the city is located just 15 km north of Dubai, while Abu Dhabi is located about 200 km south. The main attractions of Sharjah are the two covered souqs, several elegant mosques, some beautiful recreation areas and numerous public parks such as those of Al Jazeirah Fun Park and Al Buheirah Corniche.
Sharjah is considered the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates. Here there are in fact many important museums. Among the most interesting we can mention the Archaeological Museum, the Science Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Desert Park, the Islamic Museum, the Heritage Museum. The Expo Center is well known for the annual book fair which is famous throughout the region.
The capital of the emirate is served by an international airport (Sharjah International Airport), which is located 10 km southeast of the city center. The airport is the third largest cargo hub in the Middle East.
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