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Emirate of Sharjah

The Emirate of Sharjah is located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, with a length of 16-km and stretches more than 80 kilometers deep on the land. Three areas located On the East Coast of the Emirate, on the Gulf of Oman, belong to Sharjah, they are Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Dibba Al Hosn.

The area of Emirate of Sharjah is about 2590 square kilometers, equivalent to 3.3 percent of the area of the country without the islands. The total population of 793,573 people, according to the census of December 2005, the City of Sharjah is the capital of the Emirate of Sharjah, it is located on the Arabian Gulf, and it is the residence of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi the Ruler, it also includes all the government departments, companies, banks, and hotels.

The city and its markets, and commercial buildings are designed on the Islamic model, and there are many entertainment areas, such as Al Qasba Canal, the Park Island, and the Cornish of Khalid Lake. The city has a high and a large number of mosques.

Sharjah International Airport and Port Khalid are some of the important places in Sharjah. There are some oases in Sharjah; one of which is AL Dhaid with its fertile land and a lots of farms that produce large amounts of vegetables and agricultural products.The Eastern region of Sharjah lies on the Gulf of Oman, including Khor Fakkan, which is one of the most important cities with its important sea port, as well as the islands of Abu Musa and Seer Bu Naeer.

The cultural and educational monuments give the Emirate of Sharjah its true image of a modern city, while holding its culture and traditions. The historical Museums, heritage locations, and archaeological sites are evidences of the influence of that era on the modern life of Sharjah.

Sharjah was chosen by The UNESCO as the Capital of the Arab Culture for the year 1998, as a result of the tireless efforts of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which made Sharjah the capital of culture on the Gulf and Arab levels. Sharjah is the home of global Nature Museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, which contains a rare selection of historical artifacts of a significant interest to the history of the United Arab Emirates.

The unique strategic location of Sharjah in the center of the UAE helped in achieving prosperity in the International Navigation Traffic through the past 65 years. Sharjah is stretches on the shores of the Gulf of Oman, covering vast areas of valleys and mountains; the city of Sharjah is surrounded by many hotels overlooking the beaches and Khalid Lake, supported by a number of restaurants, gardens and parks