United Arab Emirates - Classic UAE

Dubai may have its flashy tall buildings and shop-till-you-drop malls, but neighbouring Sharjah is more subtle in its approach.

Here they have forgone the glitz to concentrate on the culture and history. Some may be put off by its conservative reputation regarding alcohol. The emirate is ‘dry’, but if you want to discover the country’s best museums and art galleries, you can handle a day or two without your usual tipple. Visit the restored Sharjah Heritage Area and the mind-bogglingly vast history of the Mleiha Archaeological Site.

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