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About UAE and Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest emirate in UAE. It is the only emirate with beaches on both sides at the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. It is characterized by its heritage and historic landmarks that form an evidence of its originality throughout history. It has several major cities including Dhaid and the three eastern coast cities of Khorfakkan, Kalba and Diba Al Hisn. It attained the title of the capital of Arab Culture in 1998 from UNESCO and the title of the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014.

In the fields of thought and knowledge, the name of Sharjah is connected with the name of its ruler His Higness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. He devoted his efforts to enriching culture and knowledge. In 1997, His Highness mandated the establishment of the University City which encompasses more than 15 academic institutions.

Sharjah holds many cultural events every year. Sharjah Heritage Days, Sharjah Theatre Days, Sharjah Award for Quran and Sunna, Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Sharjah Festival for School Theatre, Emirates Festival for University Theatre, Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival and Sharjah Light Festival are example of such events.



About UAE and Sharjah

The United Arab Emirates is composed of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaima and Fujaira. The desert is 4 fifths of the area of the country; nevertheless, it has various natural landscapes of red high dunes in Liwa to Al Ain which is deemed as a natural oasis adorned by palm trees. The country has steep rocky mountains and fertile areas of coastal plains.

In spite of its limited area, UAE has become an important and influential country in regional and international affairs.

The seven emirates united in 1971 by virtue of the wise vision of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God have mercy upon him). It is the only union in the Arab World.

Petroleum has been utilized for the development of the country and its economy which is one of the most successful economies globally.

In 2004, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the president of UAE and continued the process of development and prosperity envisaged by the late leader for the achievement of the vision for a wise and ambitious country.

Facts in brief

Political System

Constitutional Federation State (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah)


National Day

December 2nd 1971


The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan


His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyna, President of State (Ruler of Abu Dhabi)


The United Arab Emirates has a dry desert climate that gets cooler in the eastern mountains (winter is warm and sunny / summer is hot with high levels of humidity). Annual average of rainfall is 120 mm as a maximum (4.7 inches). Some mountain areas often have an average of 350 mm (13.8 inches) as it is cooler in general there.


8.19 million people


Abu Dhabi


UAE Dirham (AED) = 100 fils

Exchange Rate

USD 1 equals AED 3.67 (UAE dirham is officially pegged to the US dollar)

 Weekend Days

Friday and Saturday

Official language


Other languages

English, Persian, Hindi and Urdu


Islam (Practicing other religions is allowed)

 Time Zone

+4 GMT (summer time is +3)

Telephone Country Code


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