Accounting for just over 3% of the territory of the UAE, Sharjah is one of the federation’s smaller entities, and yet one which has played an important cultural and economic role in the region. Home to three free zones, 16 museums and a number of annual festivals with a global reach, the emirate continues to punch above its weight in the realms of commerce and culture. Geography Situated in the north-eastern part of the UAE, the emirate of Sharjah covers 6708 sq km of territory, making it the…
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Sharjah is the UAE’s third-largest emirate with a population of almost 800,000 and a GDP of roughly $24bn. Government focus on education programmes and the development of a diversified economic base has helped support Sharjah’s robust growth in recent years while its relatively small oil and gas reserves mean the emirate has been less affected than many by the oil price-induced turbulence witnessed over the past two years.