the dry city
Sharjah is a stone-throw from Dubai and yet it is so completely different. It is as opulent as Dubai but far less flashy... and it is very moral: no alcohol allowed, no shisha cafes and no swimsuit on its beaches.
Sharjah is in a different emirate (the Sharjah emirate) but it mainly exists to house workers in Dubai at cheaper prices... take a taxi there at the wrong time and you'll be stuck in a massive traffic jam. A 20 minutes drive from heaven turns into a 1 hour+ drive from hell. We did not spend too long in Sharjah - but the impression is one of charm. It's definitely worth to go back, at a different time. Early afternoon is when the famous souqs close down for lunch and siesta... while it is great to enjoy them uncrowded... for shopping, it sucks... Big time.
SHARJAH MERECE LA PENA
A CADA LADO DEL FUERTE CENTRAL DE LA CIUDAD, EXISTEN DOS AREAS RESTAURADAS DE CARACTER CULTURAL AL MAXIMO.UNA ZONA, ES LA ZONA HISTORICA, LLENA DE EDIFICACIONES ANTIGUAS QUE HOY DIA CONSERVAN UN MAGNIFICO LEGADO CULTURAL DEL PAIS.AL OTRO LADO, LA ZONA ARTISTICA, MAS PEQUEÑA Y QUE SE CENTRA EN EL MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO, UN EDIFICIO MAGNIFICO, PARA EL QUE LE GUSTE LA ARQUITECTURA MODERNA.A LO LARGO DEL PASEO MARITIMO, VEREIS TAMBIEN UN MEZQUITA TIPO "FATIMA" PERSA, LOS TRADICIONALES BARCOS DEL GOLFO, EL MUHARRAQ SOUQ Y AUNA SERIE DE MEZQUITAS, HOTELES Y EDIFICIOS MUY BONITOS.TAMBIEN ESTA EL ZOCO PERSA, PERO NO MERECE NADA LA PENA.LA CIUDAD TAMBIEN CUENTA CON UN MUSEO ARQUEOLOGICO EXTRAORDINARIO, UNA CIUDAD UNIVERSITARIA PRECIOSA Y UN CENTRO DE CONSERVACION DE LA NATURALEZA MAGNIFICO,PERO TODO EN UN DIA ES IMPOSIBLE.TAMBIEN MERECE LA PENA VER EL LAGO, EL ZOCO AZUL, LAS MEZQUITAS, HOTELES...DE ALREDEDOR, ASI COMO LOS CANALES VENECIANOS
Al Qasba Mosque
Qanat al Qasba has a beautiful Mosque right by the canal.
This Mosque is another example of Sharjah’s rich tradition of Islamic architecture. The intricate formwork, sweeping curves and spires of such mosque projects requires a thorough knowledge of Islamic design and a commitment to the finest detail.
Sharjah in Pictures
Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and is the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Sharjah is ruled by Sheikh Dr Sultan ibn Muhammad Al-Qasimi of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Sheikh of Sharjah.
In addition there are two enclaves belonging to Sharjah situated on the east coast, bordering the Gulf of Oman. These are Kalba, and Dibba al-Hisn. The emirate has a total area of 2,590 square kilometers, which is equivalent to 3.3 per cent of the country's total area, excluding the islands. The city of Sharjah, which overlooks the Persian Gulf, has a population of 519,000 (2003 census estimate). It contains the main administrative and commercial centers together with an especially impressive array of cultural and traditional projects, including several museums. Distinctive landmarks are the two major covered souks, reflecting Islamic design; a number of recreational areas and public parks such as Al Jazeirah Fun Park and Al Buheirah Corniche. The city is also notable for its numerous elegant mosques. The Emirate of Sharjah is also known to be the Cultural Capital of the UAE. The Expo Centre of Sharjah is well known for the annual book fair that is famous all over the region. The Emir personally takes keen interest in this event which brings together hundreds of publishers from all over the world and thousands of titles. Links with the outside world are provided by Sharjah International Airport and Port Khalid. Sharjah also encompasses some important oasis areas, the most famous of which is Dhaid where a wide range of vegetables and fruits is cultivated on its rich and fertile soil. Khor Fakkan provides Sharjah with a major east coast port. An offshore island of Sir Abu Nu¨¢ir belongs to Sharjah. Sharjah also claims the island of Abu Musa which Iran also claims.
Sharjah has one Omani enclave, the Madha territory, wherein lies an UAE exclave, called Nahwa.
Sharjah is a sister city to Dubai and Ajm¨¡n (two fellow emirates) on both its borders. The three urban areas have now expanded to each others borders. Sharjah is about 170 kilometers away from the capital city Abu Dhabi.
Sharjah is the only Emirate in which the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol is banned. It also maintains the strictest decency laws in the UAE, introduced in 2001, with a conservative dress code required for both men and women. Mixing between unmarried men and women is illegal: "A man and a woman who are not in a legally acceptable relationship should not, according to the booklet, be alone in public places, or in suspicious times or circumstances
The Emirate of Sharjah (Arabic: ÇáÔÇÑÞÉ ash-shaariqah) is a small emirate that extends along approximately 16 kilometres of the United Arab Emirates's Persian Gulf coastline and for more than 80 kilometres into the interior. The emirate covers 2,600 km² (1,003m²)
The total population is 636,000 (2003