Why Sharjah

Sharjah At A Glance

  • UNESCO World Book Capital City for the year 2019
  • Cultural Capital of the U.A.E.
  • Capital of Arab Culture 1998
  • Capital of Islamic Culture 2014
  • Sharjah Arab Tourism Capital 2015
  • Capital of Arab Press 2016
  • World Book Capital 2019
  • Two coastlines – Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf
  • Naturally diverse – Striking landscape and wildlife
  • Modern city
  • The industrial hub of the U.A.E.
  • World-class infrastructure
  • Political stability and government investment
  • Intra Arab tourism destination and thriving cultural hub
  • Growing population. Third largest in the U.A.E. (1.4 million – 2015)
  • USD 25+ billion GDP (2016)
  • 54,000+ strong SME business
  • One of the most diversified economies in the region, with no sector contributing for more than 20% of GDP.

Cultural and Industrial Hub of the U.A.E.

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Over the years, Sharjah has grown into a centre for arts and culture as well as a leading industrial hub. The emirate takes a holistic and balanced approach to economic and social development by creating human-centric experiences in conjunction with the development of physical assets and infrastructure.

Sharjah’s cultural scene has flourished under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah. In 1998 Sharjah was designated as UNESCO’s “Cultural Capital of the Arab World” and today it is home to nearly a quarter of all of the U.A.E.’s museums and to popular events such as the Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah International Book Fair.

Exciting Events

Sharjah plays host to a number of internationally known exhibitions and events throughout the year. Supported by the hospitality and MICE infrastructure in place, the emirate is securing a unique niche in the region’s event calendar.

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Sharjah Light Festival

The Sharjah Light Festival (SLF), a nine-day-long festival held in February of each year, brings to life 12 popular landmarks across the city with a breathtaking display of colours, lights and video installations. SLF features a highly talented, diverse group of international and local artists, experts in outdoor special events, designers and image directors, who transform Sharjah into a magical wonderland.


Sharjah International Automobile Show

The International Automobile Show is one of the region’s most anticipated events. Held every two years, the show sees an average attendance of more than 75,000 car enthusiasts, including decision-makers from the corporate world, transporters and owners of small businesses.


Sharjah Biennial

Organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Sharjah Biennial is an internationally-acclaimed arts festival. Since its creation in 1993, the festival has formed a cultural bridge between artists, art institutions and organisations not only within Sharjah, but in the region and beyond. Produced by the Department of Culture and Information, the Biennial fosters experimentation and aids in the production and presentation of art.


Sharjah International Education Show

Sharjah International Education Show is a joint initiative of the U.A.E. Ministry of Education and Expo Centre Sharjah and supported by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The show is an exhibition providing a platform to showcase higher education opportunities available around the world to students from the U.A.E.


Sharjah International Book Fair

The annual International Book Fair attracts more than 800 publishers showcasing books from nearly 42 nations and draws in over 400,000 visitors every year.


Sharjah World Music Festival

Sharjah World Music Festival, founded and organized by “Furat Qaddouri Music Center” and sponsored by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), brings together world renowned musicians and singers from all over the world to participate in this spectacular journey of music.

With a wide variety of local and international renowned artists from USA, UAE, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Cuba, Egypt, Jordan, France, Holland, and Ukraine, the audience can enjoy a powerful and diverse variety of musical genres, ranging from the soothing tunes of Oud, to the magical Arabic melodies, to Jazz and Soul, a variety that leaves a lasting impact on music lovers.


F1 H2O UIM World Championship

Each year Sharjah plays host to the UIM F1 H2O World Championship known as the Sharjah Grand Prix – the final event of the Powerboat season. The race has become one of the premier sporting events of the region.


Sharjah Heritage Days

The Sharjah Heritage Days festival celebrates the history, culture and traditions of the region. Offering all kinds of revelries from wedding ceremonies to folk dance performances, the event showcases more than 60 participants from 16 countries.

Striking Landscapes

Between 70 km of coastline on the Arabian Gulf and 58 km along the Indian Ocean lie expansive, open deserts, the oldest mangroves in the Arabian Peninsula, pristine beaches, secluded bays, tranquil lagoons and acacia woodlands. Beyond the natural environment, modern towers, retail establishments and residences of the city of Sharjah are abuzz with activity.

The variety of biomes found in Sharjah provide exceptional opportunities for investors, developers and entrepreneurs to create unique offerings that have yet to be seen or experienced in the region. Whether businesses require exclusive locations off the beaten path, densely populated areas with a steady flow of pedestrian traffic or expansive plots for light industry, Sharjah is bound to have the perfect location available.

Flag Island in Sharjah Emirate. Shurooq development.
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