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Sharjah is one of the seven emirates of the Gulf country, the United Arab Emirates or UAE. It has also been awarded the title of the Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 1998 by UNESCO and again as the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014. It is the third largest city in the UAE and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Sharjah is a must visit for any lover of Islamic art and history as it boasts many world class museums. With an array of tour packages in Sharjah, it is a visual feast to walk around the inner city with its blend of traditional and modern Islamic architecture and many beautiful mosques dotting the entire city.
Sharjah was rumoured to be one of the wealthiest towns in the region with a history stretching back to ancient years. It used to be a key port town with sea trade routes to India. It joined the UAE in 1971 and since then is under the rule of Al Qasimi family who first took over Sharjah in the 18th century. In the present day, it is ruled by Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi. He is an author and historian and it is under his reign that Sharjah was developed fiercely as an Islamic cultural centre. Sharjah is the cultural capital of the Arab world and it has been the city's effort to showcase to the world, and its citizens, the wonders of Islamic culture, architecture, cuisine and music.
Sharjah is an open city that has invested heavily in attracting tourism. The Heritage Area, which contains the Heritage Museum, art galleries and the covered Souk in the city with antique jewellery and clothing for sale, is one of Sharjah's biggest tourist attractions. Pick the best tours in Sharjah and attend and array of festivals that are hosted in Sharjah like the Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah Light Festival, Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival, Sharjah Heritage days, Al Qasba Food Festival, Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Ramadan & Summer Shopping Festival, Sharjah Water Festival and many more that offer entertainment for all.
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