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The Culture Capital of the Arab World

Sharjah is one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE.) It is the third largest Emirate and is geographically located on the west coast of the UAE, overseeing both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

A fascinating oasis, Sharjah offers its visitors a unique experience and the opportunity to taste the Arabian hospitality and traditional heritage at its best. From the early days around 5000 years ago, when the first settlement of the city began, Sharjah has always been at the core of regional development. It was the most important port on the lower Arabian Gulf from the time of the early trading with the East into the first half of the 19th century.

Sharjah has always enjoyed its unique reputation as a cultural and heritage destination providing visitors with the ideal getaway at any time of the year. In 1998, Sharjah was awarded the cultural capital of the Arab world by the UNESCO for its commitment to art, culture and preserving its heritage.

The thriving economic development of this Emirate is attributed to the attractive opportunities and the positive incentives that encourage businesses to invest in Sharjah. Sharjah has maintained good trading relations with a great number of countries around the world and vigorously pursues a policy of forging closer economic ties with new trading partners, opening additional international markets.

Sharjah has a lively history. Uniquely located on world trade routes, the Emirate has developed from a small trading town, relying on fishing and pearl diving, to one of the most modern, dynamic commercial and trade centers in the region.

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