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    Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah Media Centre launched the inaugural edition of the forum in 2012.

  • Government Initiatives Sharjah Government Communication Award more

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah Media Centre announced an unparalleled initiative in September 2012 - the Government Communication Award.

  • Government Initiatives Government Communications Unit more

    The Communications and Marketing Unit provides specialist communications advice and services to help all areas of the Department effectively communicate with internal and external audiences. Services include media, marketing, public relations and print and electronic publishin

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  • National Geographic TRAVELLER

    National Geographic TRAVELLER

    Rising out of the desert, beyond the shifting sands of Fossil Rock and the Hajar Mountains, is the emirate of Sharjah. On the shores of the Gulf, this family-friendly enclave soothes with its Islamic wonders, and urgeoning arts scene, and has all the pomp of an undiscovered Arabian destination...

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50 Must know facts about Sharjah

  • Photo Al-Hisn Fort

    Built in 1820, Sharjah Hisn was the original residence of the ruling family

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Al-Hisn Fort

    Built in 1820, Sharjah Hisn was the original residence of the ruling family

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Al-Hisn Fort

    Built in 1820, Sharjah Hisn was the original residence of the ruling family

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Heart of Sharjah

    The Sharjah Heritage Days festival commenced in 2003

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Bait Al Naboodah

    Sharjah was first inhabited 6000 years ago

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Heritage Area

    The Portuguese occupied the East Coast of Sharjah in 1507

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Al-Hisn Fort

    Built in 1820, Sharjah Hisn was the original residence of the ruling family

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Al-Hisn Fort

    H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi became the ruler of Sharjah in 1972 at the age of 32

    Historical Facts

  • Photo H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi

    H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi is the 18th ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, after a succession of Al Qasimi rulers since 1600

    Historical Facts

  • Photo Al Majaz Waterfront

    The emirate of Sharjah covers 2600 square kilometers of the United Arab Emirates

    Geographical Facts

  • Photo Sahara Centre

    Sharjah’s population is about 19% of the overall population of the United Arab Emirates

    Geographical Facts

  • Photo Al Mamzar - Sharjah

    Built in 1820, Sharjah Hisn was the original residence of the ruling family

    Geographical Facts

  • Photo Khor fakkan

    The total length of Sharjah’s coastlines on the Gulf of Oman is 58 kilometers

    Geographical Facts

  • Al Khan Area

    Sharjah is the only emirate that borders all other 6 emirates

    Geographical Facts

  • Photo Al Thulaima’a Nature Reserve – Al Dhaid

    Sharjah boasts 9 natural reserves that feature unique wildlife creatures

    Geographical Facts

  • Photo Sharjah Arab culture Capital Monument 1998

    UNESCO recognized Sharjah as the cultural capital of the Arab world in 1998

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

    Sharjah is the capital of Islamic culture for the year 2014

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Bait Al Naboodah

    Sharjah features 22 museums that cover history, heritage, science and maritime life forms

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Al Khaleej Newspaper

    Al Khaleej newspaper was established in the emirate of Sharjah in 1970

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Al Qasba Mosque

    Sharjah includes more than 662 mosques

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo :Sharjah International Book Fair

    The first Sharjah International Book Fair was held in 1982

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo The Cultural Palace Theatre

    The first edition of the Sharjah Theatre Days festival commenced in 1984

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Sharjah Art Museum

    The first Sharjah Biennial festival was held in 1993

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Sharjah Mobile Library

    The “Knowledge without Borders” initiative was launched in 2008 to provide all families in Sharjah with home libraries

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies

    The Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies houses the oldest world map of Ptolemy that was first printed in 1493

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Sharjah University Hospital

    Sharjah is the first emirate in the United Arab Emirates to join the WHO ‘Healthy Cities’ programme in 2012

    Cultural Facts

  • Photo Al Islah School

    The first school in the United Arab Emirates, Al Islah,was established in Sharjah in 1907

    Educational Facts

  • Photo University Library

    Al Taymeya was the first library in the United Arab Emirates;established in Sharjah in 1933

    Educational Facts

  • Photo :Sharjah University

    The University City of Sharjah was established in 1997

    Educational Facts

  • Photo Sharjah University Campus

    The University City in Sharjah covers 11.1 square kilometers and accommodates 22,000 students

    Educational Facts

  • Photo The first Government Communications Forum

    In 2012, the first edition of the Government Communication Forum was held in Sharjah

    Educational Facts

  • Photo Al Mahatta Museum

    In 1932, Sharjah established the first airport in the entire Arab Gulf region

    Touristic Facts

  • Photo Central Souq

    Sharjah’s Central Souq was built in 1978 and covers 80,000 square meters

    Touristic Facts

  • Photo Sharjah National Park

    The green landscaped areas of Sharjah cover 12.2 million square meters

    Touristic Facts

  • Sharjah University

    Towering up to 60 meters, the “Eye of the Emirates” is onsidered to be the highest structure of its kind in the Middle East

    Touristic Facts

  • Photo The Consultative Council Building

    Launched in 2011, Sharjah Light Festival was the first of its kind in the Middle East

    Touristic Facts

  • Photo Oil Rig in Port Khalid

    Oil was discovered in Sharjah in the Mubarak Oil Field, in 1972

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Port Khalid

    Oil was first exported in 1974 from Sharjah

    Economic Facts

  • Photo :Khalid Port Containers

    Established in 1975, Port khalid became the first operational container terminal in the Arab Gulf region

    Economic Facts

  • Photo National Paints

    Sharjah has 19 industrial areas that produce over 48% of the total industrial output of the United Arab Emirates

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Khaled Lagoon

    Established in 1927, Sharjah Municipality is the oldest municipality in the United Arab Emirates

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Air Arabia

    Established in 2003, Air Arabia is the first low-cost carrier in the Middle East

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Economic Development Department

    The total GDP of the emirate of Sharjah is more than AED 72 billion a year

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Khor fakkan Port

    The emirate of Sharjah boasts 3 ports which extend over an area of approximately 49.5 million square meters

    Educational Facts

  • Photo Khor fakkan Port

    Port Khalid and the port of Khorfakkan can jointly accommodate 5 million containers

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Sharjah International Airport Free Zone

    The two free zones in the emirate of Sharjah cover an area of 28 million square meters

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Al Arsa Souq

    Souq Al Arsa was established over 200 years ago for commercial trade

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Industrial Facility

    The cost of industrial investment in Sharjah is 35% lower than that of the rest of the United Arab Emirates

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Sharjah Airport

    Sharjah International Airport features 5 air cargo buildings that cover an area of 32,000 square meters

    Economic Facts

  • Photo Sharjah International Airport

    Sharjah continues to attract 1.6 million tourists annually

    Touristic Facts

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