After enjoying a few days in the United Arab Emirates' best known cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, we wanted to explore Sharjah, the capital of the country's third largest emirate located north of Dubai. Even though the city is overshadowed by both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it is older than both. Recorded references to Sharjah, which means 'Eastern' in Arabic, date back to at least 1490.
As we drove toward Sharjah, it was as if the city was just another Dubai suburb because there was no discernible break between the cities on the highway. We headed first to Flag Island which boasted a giant UAE flag and the large Khalid Lagoon, home of one of the world's largest fountains. After several days in the UAE, we had almost gotten used to reading about the world's largest fountain, the largest mall, the largest mosque, the tallest building, the biggest hotel, etc!
The Sharjah Department of Culture and Information and Media Center was housed in an equally ostentatious building.
And finally, the Sharjah Finance Department:
Nothing like getting your food fresh; customers picked out their live chickens and then saw them prepared right in front of them! I love chicken but do prefer buying our chicken all packaged neatly in our local grocery store meat shelves.
The bags of Dubai Natural Fert(ilizer) cow manure from the Green Desert Fertilizer Factory looked like the ones at our local Home Depot back home.