I was based in Sharjah for the week as that’s where my auntie lived. Im so glad that I did because it was so much more authentic than Dubai and much more ‘Arab’. Forty years ago, while Dubai was still not much more than a seedy trading port, Sharjah was at the forefront of tourism development. However, Sheikh al-Qasimi changed his mind and decided that he actually wanted western influences for his people and so instead, enforced sharia law to his people.
I woke up most days to the sound of the adhan. It was such an amazing way to wake up. I’d walk up to the balcony to find people parking all over the street. I even saw people park in the middle of the roundabout, run out their car and run to pray. It was rather surreal but so inspiring how connected people are with their religions here. I would love to live somewhere where you can hear the adhan.
Here are a few places I went to during my stay in Sharjah:
- Sharjah Lake
- Palm Trees Oasis
- Fish Market
- Old Town Sharjah
Sheikh al-Qasimi was also much more concerned than other leaders in preserving what is left of the area’s past. He preserved a lot of the old buildings that houses musems and a fort. In the evening, I met with my friend from university, Abdullah and he showed me around the old parts of Sharjah as that’s where he is originally from. We sat in his car drinking karak tea while catching up.
- Sharjah Beach
- Gold Souk
They used to unload the goods from Iran and sell them on the seafront. The souk recently moved to this soulless two-storey building in the heart of town – least to say, I was not impressed with the building. It’s a great place to shop for gold and souvenirs as the price is much lower than in Dubai!
Do you have any questions about travelling to Sharjah that I didn’t answer? Be sure to leave them in the comments, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible 🙂