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The art capital of United States of Emirates, Sharjah displays its history and heritage through its landscape, plethora of museums and conservative living.
Earning a title of ¥Cultural Capital of Arab World by UNESCO in 1998, the city of Sharjah is best known for preserving its culture, tradition and heritage. Its Art Museum is world-renowned while fascinating buildings in Heritage Area are immersed with Emirati history. Away from the glitz and glamour of Dubai, the city offers plethora of entertainment and amusement sources including well-maintained museums, beautiful mosques, Souks and numerous parks. National History Museum and Desert Park is one such place where petting animals is the major highlight for kids and Science Museum is packed with fun facts and exhibits. Sharjah is also a shoppers paradise selling its famous carpets, rugs, gold, silver and precious stone jewelry at its markets including Souq Al Arsah on Cornich Roand and Blue Souq, one of the major markets of the city with some 600 vibrant shops. Although rooted with Islamic traditions, the city has maintained a good balance between its traditional flavor and 21st century modern aspects.