Guide to Sharjah

by Nia Scott

Mar 14, 2019

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Sharjah is the third-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It’s located northeast of Dubai and has around 850,000 inhabitants. This smaller city does not get the same attention as the uber-popular Dubai or even Abu Dhabi. However, those looking for the path less traveled and a less commercial Arabic city will make the trek to Sharjah to immerse themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That’s not to say this city was not affected by the boom of urbanization in the United Arab Emirates. This smaller city is home to several mega malls and has great shopping options — just like Dubai.

In some ways, Sharjah is the suburb of Dubai. There are many that commute from the city into Dubai because the cost of living is less in Sharjah. Visitors can spend a day or two in this city to get the full effect. The Heritage Area is an easy place to access and view multiple historic buildings reconstructed with traditional materials. The city is conservative, so most of the attractions have special visiting hours for women. When deciding to take a trip through this town, take gender into account.

There are multiple museums to visit as well. The Sharjah Art Museum shows contemporary local art and foreign artists. It’s a popular place for visitors looking to get a glimpse of the artwork done by local artists. Some of this work reflects their home. The small city is good for those wanting to see what life in the U.A.E. is like outside of its well-known cities.


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