Of the states that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sharjah is not only the third largest, but also the third most populous. Unlike some of its glitzier neighbours, Sharjah is more about its cultural heritage than living the luxurious lifestyle.

This was recognised in 1998 when it was awarded the title of Arab City of Culture by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since then, the emirate has continued in this vein and offers plenty to entice the visitor.

The outskirts of the city are a maze of traffic lanes, but once arriving in the old town, it is easy to explore on foot. As well as several cultural areas and souks, there are some world-class museums. Those that should not be missed include the Sharjah Heritage Museum, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation and the Sharjah Art Museum.

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