Sharjah is the third largest of the seven emirates in the UAE. The city of Sharjah is only 30 minutes from Dubai, but has a completely different vibe. It’s more conservative (no alcohol sold anywhere, more strict dress code, etc.) and is home to many museums. In 1998, UNESCO declared it the Cultural Capital of the Arab World. (Given to different cities every year, Sharjah is the only city in the UAE to receive the award.) Sometimes going to Sharjah feels like a major undertaking, even though you’d never think twice about having to drive for 30 minutes to get to a museum in Houston. I’ve spent some time there recently and have really enjoyed exploring. The following pictures are from the heritage area where several of the museums are located. It feels a bit like a ghost town during the day with only a few merchants hanging out in the doorway of their store and maybe a couple of women shopping. I hear it comes to life in the evening when everyone goes to the corniche to watch the sun set and drink tea.