Postcards from Sharjah part 1

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.


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The Sharjah Art Museum – the modest permanent collection features 19th century oil paintings of scenes from Arab life such as markets and mosques

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About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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18 Responses to Postcards from Sharjah part 1

  1. Looks like quite a contrast to the glass and steel of Dubai! Looking forward to exploring, January is coming soon…packing up the house in preparation to sell…this is really happening!!!

  2. munchow says:

    Gorgeous pictures. I love the use of black and white. Sharjah looks like a beautiful and peaceful place, with some lovely, old architecture.

  3. Diana says:

    I cannot believe this place is only 30 min from Dubai…beautiful!

    • I know! This is only a small part of the city that has plenty of modern parts, but still, it definitely feels different and more “normal” to me (even though it’s more different from home… if that makes sense?)

  4. Victor Ho says:

    Very nice. I’m new to the Middle East as well. So far I am just starting to explore and travel. My first trick was to learn to scuba dive. All the best to you.

  5. stunning pictures, very nice way to celebrate Sharjah!

  6. Marthafied says:

    What stunning architecture… like walking around in a film set! Especially that narrow street next to the Fine Arts Society… must feel like time travel at night and with those lanterns lit up….

  7. Masha-ALLAH beautiful gallery, Every snap is owesum.

  8. Sally says:

    You made Sharjah look beautiful 🙂

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