21 Facts About Sharjah


Sharjah is the third-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.

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Sharjah has been ruled by the Al Qasimi dynasty since the 18th century.

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Sharjah is regarded as the cultural capital of the UAE, and was the Islamic culture capital in 2014.

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Sultan Al Omaimi, a UAE poet and researcher in folk literature, says that some historians speculate that Sharjah was the name of an idol worshipped in the ancient era which was known as Abed Al Shareq.

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Sharjah was historically one of the wealthiest towns in this region with a settlement in existence for over 5000 years.

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Sharjah is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates after Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Sharjah Fort was demolished in the 1970s, but has been rebuilt and is today a museum.

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Al Majaz Waterfront is an expansion and beautification of the existing park in order to enhance it into a family-friendly leisure area, a waterfront landmark of Sharjah Featuring an audio-video dancing fountain, miniature golf and a number of restaurants.

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Sharjah has the biggest Moscow-style Russian Orthodox church in the country.

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Sharjah has a hot desert climate, with warm winters and extremely hot summers.

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Sharjah Airport is the third largest Middle East airfreight hub in cargo tonnage, according to official 2015 statistics from Airports Council International.

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Sharjah Sharing Taxi routes are carefully selected to support people with low income and are covering areas with frequent needs for quick transfer within same location, to ease the traffic situation in Sharjah.

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Ruler of Sharjah ordered the establishment of several cultural institutions.

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In 1998, Sharjah was awarded the "Cultural Capital of the Arab World" title by UNESCO representing the United Arab Emirates.

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Sharjah has kept the spirit of its history alive by indicatively incorporating tradition into every aspect of contemporary development.

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Sharjah was designated as the World Book Capital for 2019 by UNESCO.

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Cultural heritage project, Heart of Sharjah, has been undertaken to preserve and restore the old town of Sharjah and return it to its 1950s state.

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Sharjah International Book Fair is a cultural event held every year in Sharjah.

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Sharjah is the headquarters of Air Arabia, the first low-cost airline in the Middle East, which operates to the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

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The cost of setting up business in Sharjah is less than in any other emirates of UAE, and the focus of industrialization has in recent years turned Sharjah into a commercial center.

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Sharjah Publishing City is the world's first Free Zone concept dedicated exclusively to serving the global publishing and the media industry.

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