The emirate of Sharjah is located northeast of Dubai City and has about 800,000 inhabitants. With an area of 2,600 square kilometers, it occupies only three percent of the entire national territory of the UAE and is about half the size of its famous neighbor. A geographical feature of the “Emirate of Arts” is the fact that it has territories both on the coast of the Persian Gulf and on the east coast, on the Gulf of Oman. On the east coast are the fishing town of Kalba as well as the important port city and charming holiday idyll Khor Fakkan. The enclave of Dibba belongs to Sharjah by a third.
Cultural Capital Sharjah-City
Sharjah-City is located on three artificially created lagoons, the Khor Al Mamzar, the Khor al Khan and the Khor Khalid, whose turns shape the cityscape. The Khalid Lagoon merges into the Sharjah Creek, which flows into the sea. As in Dubai, the original settlement is located on the Creek, which today presents itself as a picturesque art and old town district. It consists of two elaborately renovated districts, the Heritage and the Art Area. Nowhere else on the Gulf are there so many museums and cultural institutions to be visited so close to each other. In addition to the Heritage Museum, there is a museum of calligraphy, an art museum and a museum of Islamic Civilization, which is decorated by a beautiful golden dome. A little further southwest of the Old Town, at the Cultural Square, there is the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Sciences right next door. There is another museum center in the southeast of the city: not only scientists and technology enthusiasts will get their money’s worth in the premises of the Sharjah Discovery Center, the Natural History and Botanical Museums.
The emirate of Sharjah relies on Arab culture instead of glitter. The tradition is cultivated, which is also reflected in the architecture. New buildings are being demolished to make way for houses that tie in with the past.
If everything goes according to plan for Sharjah, then it will soon be able to get rid of its unofficial nickname “the unknown emirate”. Then it should call itself “the previously unknown and now the third most famous sheikdom after Dubai and Abu Dhabi”, especially since the United Arab Emirates consists of a total of seven emirates, four of which are much more unknown than Sharjah, namely Ajman, Fujairah, Ra’s al-Khaima and Umm al-Qaiwain.
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah.
Sharjah is the third largest of the United Arab Emirates and the only one of the seven emirates located on both the Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf) and the Gulf of Oman. Important geographical features are the two coastal areas, the inner desert and the rocky mountains in the eastern part of the emirate.
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