Sharjah has probably the most colourful history of all the emirates. From the first settlement that dates back 6,000 years, natural wealth combined with foresight has allowed this ancient city to enjoy prosperity and vitality while retaining the charms and values of an islamic city.
The only emirate with a coastline and ports both on the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Sharjah is home to some of the most interesting architectural heritage in the country. Recognized by UNESCO as the ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab World’, the cultural and historical heritage of the region is on display in its fine museums. The main museums include the Islamic Museum, showcasing different aspects of Islamic Heritage and Sharjah Art Museum, containing the personal collection of the present ruler of sharjah, including valuable paintings, historic documents and maps.
Sharjah is known for its souks, like the iranian bazaar and Al Majarrah souk. Sharjah is also home to the dark green mangroves on Khor Kalba, the oldest forests in Arabia. Crabs of all descriptions, nesting reef herons and the endangered white collared Kingfisher can all be found here. Other attractions in Sharjah include its clean beaches, Khalid lagoon, a man-made inlet from which spouts the world’s third highest fountain, two ice rinks that are open year-
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