Gulf News: 10 surprising facts about life in Sharjah

13 November 2018

Gulf News speaks to Sharjah residents to find out more about the cultural capital

Gulf News: 13 November 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

Sharjah is home to 1.5 million people. A whopping 1.2 million of those people are expatriates
Sharjawis appreciate a more modest lifestyle
Sharjah is home to some fantastic street food

I grew up in Sharjah. I went to the German School of Sharjah and lived a two minute drive and a 10 minute walk away from my school. I was part of a swim team there, I rode horses there and I lived in a beautiful white Spanish style four bedroom villa, with a garden and a swimming pool for the price of a one-bedroom apartment in Dubai. It was a quiet, affordable and relaxing life.

Everyone visits Dubai for its cleverly curated entertainment, dining and nightlife, but Sharjah is where you can get up close and personal with the real UAE. Sharjah is a lot more than just the neighbour of its famous sister emirate Dubai. Sharjah is diverse, cultural and there’s a lot more to do there than you think. Although it’s traditionally more conservative than the other emirates, it is widely considered the nation’s cultural capital. But that’s not all… Sharjawis (the emirate’s local residents) enjoy the exciting and unpredictable side of Sharjah that fizzes with an intense energy. They love their emirate.

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