Sharjah is the third largest Emirate in the UAE both in terms of size and population. It would not be out of place to call this the cultural capital of the UAE. It is said that Sharjah has been continuously inhabited for 5000 years. Ok.. We will hold the history for another day 🙂 For now here are a few pictures to demonstrate the diversity in such a small region.
Al Noor Masjid, one of the most impressive mosques of Sharjah during Sharjah Light Festival 2017
Al Taqwa Masjid, a mosque in Al Majas park, which has so many waterfront restaurants . Shot during Sharjah Light Festival 2017
A typical Arab greeting by rubbing each others nose.
One of the largest markets, the Central Souk, designed in the traditional format of souks but now fully Air Conditioned
Gold Shopping Spree at the Central Souk!
Modern and traditional designs of carpets are both in vogue.
Only Vegetarian food served here, probably South Indian by the looks of it. Slurrrrp!
First thing you are reminded of is the movie 50 first dates :)..There are so many varieties of them is all sizes, textures and tastes.
Probably a grouper but defintely a 100-pounder at Sharjah Aquarium
Little bright fish flit this way and that
This is one of the largest Fish Markets where fresh catch is auctioned to buyers. It is quite hygienic but the noise levels are just like a fish market 🙂
An old Souk was converted into the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization at Majjarah Waterfront.
This is a piece of special cloth called Kiswah used to cover door of Kaaba in Mecca.
The dome of the Islamic museum looks like this and the area underneath is a cafe called…well you guessed right ..the Dome.
These are predominantly tourist activities. Riding a 4X4 over the dunes of ten called dune bashing but in reality the passengers head get bashed on the roof the 4X4
After bashing a few dunes at Mleiha you must visit this oddly shaped rock called the Camel Rock
Al Hajar Mountains are quite rugged and is shared by Oman and UAE
Oops, is that the Carribbeans? Nope, this is Sharjah.
A large dhow converted into a restaurant moored at the lagoon.
Fossil of Ammonite
Monument at Al Ittihad Park near the Blue Souk.
Skyline of modern part of Sharjah across Khalid lagoon, a view from Al Nakheel Oasis
Have you been to Sharjah ? What was your experience ? 🙂
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