Sharjah – Third Largest Emirates | Cultural Capital of Arab World

Sharjah

Sharjah

Sharjah is ruled by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Sheikh of Sharjah.
Sharjah is the third largest of the seven states which form the United Arab Emirates. The emirate of Sharjah comprises the city along with some other towns and enclaves such as Kalba,DhaidDibba Al-Hisn and KhorFakkan.
The emirate covers 2,600 km² (1,003 mi²) and has a population of over 800,000 (2008). Historically, Sharjah was one of the wealthiest towns in this region with a settlement in existence for over 5000 years. In the early 18th century Al Qasimiclan established itself in Sharjah, c. 1727 declaring Sharjah independent. On 8 January 1820, Sheikh Sultan I signed the General Maritime Treaty with Britain, accepting a protectorate to keep the Ottoman Turks out. Like four of its neighbors, Ajman, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Quwain, its position on the route to India made it important enough to be recognized as a salute state. On 2 December 1971, Sheikh Khalid III joined the United Arab Emirates
Renowned throughout the Arab world for its commitment to art, culture and preserving the local heritage, this emirate is the place to visit to explore experience and discover the secrets of a unique Arabian lifestyle and Islamic culture. Sharjah offers an impressive array of over twenty museums, several art galleries and beautifully restored heritage areas.
Sharjah is popular for its rich and cultural place in the Arab region as it has won the prestigious UNESCO award of being “The Cultural capital of the Arab world” for the year 1998. The numerous museums in Sharjah played a critical role for obtaining this award.
Sharjah began its business odyssey centuries ago. Business grew from trading with the Far East and pearl trading and forged ahead at a great pace to its present status. In the last four years the concept has matured and its tangible success proves that Sharjah’s commercial agenda has some very real merit. The 12% annual growth rate in Sharjah’s industrial graph did not just happen overnight, nor was it a random development.
Sport establishments in Sharjah are managed by the Sharjah Sports Council. The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium has hosted almost 200 cricket One Day Internationals, more than any other ground in UAE, and 4 Test matches.

Taxi
Metered Taxis are available in Sharjah for the intra-city as well as the inter-city travel.

Things to do / see

Arabian Wildlife Center
About 26km east of central Sharjah towards Al-Dhaid, Sharjah Desert Park packs four venues into a one-square-kilometer package. The main attraction is the Arabian Wildlife Centre, a zoo and breeding center. The indoor aviary is home to flamingos, Houbara bustards and Indian rollers, while the outdoor enclosures house hamadryads’ baboons, striped hyenas, Arabian wolves and the splendid Arabian leopard.

Al Qasba
Amusement Theme Park, a perfect place to unwind

Museum of Islamic Civilization
A short stroll north of Sharjah Art Museum is the fantastic Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, which highlights on different aspects of the Islamic faith, scientific accomplishments in the Arab world and 1400 years of Islamic art. Don’t miss taking a peek at the central dome with its striking deep-blue zodiac mosaic. The mission of the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is to display, interpret, research and further develop the museum's collections for a wide range of local, national and international audiences, and to stimulate knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of Islamic art, history, science and culture.

Sharjah Aquarium
TheAquarium has ethereal sea horses, charming clownfish, spooky moray eels, prowling reef sharks and 250 or so other underwater species which will never fail to amuse, enlighten and entertain.The motive is to encourage the people of the Emirate of Sharjah and all its visitors to cherish and conserve the beauty and wealth of the oceans

Sharjah Science Museum
The only interactive museum in the United Arab Emirates, this exciting science museum lets visitors test their flexibility, create cartoons etc.

Maritime Museum
The wooden dhows, fishing tools, devices used in pearl diving and historic photographs of grizzled old sea captains pay tribute to the key role the sea has played in the emirate’s heritage. The mission of Sharjah Maritime Museum is to preserve and interpret the stories and material evidence of the Emirate's rich maritime heritage.

Sharjah Art Museum
Anchoring the Arts Area, Sharjah Art Museum is one of the UAE’s largest and most impressive galleries. Its permanent exhibition includes 18th- and 19th-century oil paintings, watercolors and lithographs from the ruling family’s collection; curators also mount changing shows of local and international contemporary talent.

Sharjah Natural History Museum and Desert Park
Learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert at this fascinating museum that houses farm animals for petting, geology, marine and flora halls. The mission of the Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum is to disseminate knowledge of plants and animals through collection, research and display and to inspire in all our visitors a respect for the natural world.

Sharjah Archaeology Museum
This intriguing archaeological museum takes visitors through the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages and provides educational games for children etc. The displays, accompanied by audiovisual interpretations, cover the earliest archaeological finds in the emirate (dating from 5000 BC) up to the present day, including coins, jewelry, pottery and weapons.

Sharjah art Museum
The mission of the Sharjah Art Museum is to enrich the cultural life for the Sharjah community and its regional, national, and international visitors through its art collections, programs, and facilities.

Sharjah Calligraphy Museum
The Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, the only museum in the Arab world devoted entirely to calligraphy and located in one of the cultural capitals of the Arab world, aims to instill the art of calligraphy in the people and visitors of Sharjah and to set new standards both locally and internationally.

Numismatics Museum
The Bait Obeid al-Shamsi, opposite the art museum, is a restored house used as an international artists' studio not to be missed.

Bait Al Naboodah
It is a unique example of the traditional Emirati house and preserves the values of society in Sharjah. Its mission is to use this outstanding example of local architecture to recall and revive old Emirati traditions and make them known to the world

Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim
Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim, the house of one of the leading pearl merchants (Tawaweesh) in the Gulf, reflects Bahraini architecture and design. Its mission is to introduce visitors to this architectural style as being distinct from that of other traditional houses.

Al Mahata Museum
Al Mahatta was the first airport in the United Arab Emirates. The mission of the museum in the airport's buildings is to illustrate especially to younger generations the importance of the airfield in the history of aviation and in the development of traditional society in the Emirate of Sharjah

The Sharjah Discovery Centre
Is an interactive 'hands-on' facility, designed for young children where they can discover, learn through play, explore the world around them, and understand that science and technology are part of their daily live

Traditional Jewelry Museum& the Book Mall are worth a visit and not to forget thevery Special Arts Centre that highlights a workshop and gallery for disabled artists.

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