Covering 1,610 square miles, Sharjah is the third-largest Emirate in the UAE and is the only Emirate to stretch over both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Consequently, Sharjah encompasses a variety of scenic destinations with its heart at the hustle and bustle of the city center but spreading itself further into quieter towns, the enclaves of Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Dibba Al Hisn and even some fertile oasis areas where fruit and vegetables are cultivated.
In 1998, Sharjah was named UNESCO's "Arab Capital of Culture" and more recently awarded "Islamic Culture Capital" in 2014 by ISESCO. It is therefore essential that once you have escaped the heart of the city, you soak up the abundance of culture and history that Sharjah has to offer. A number of well-known museums can be found within the Heritage Area as well as a scattering of "souqs" for any of your shopping needs. This is all accessible on foot as long as you allow yourself a few hours to ensure nothing is missed off your list.