Sharjah is the fourth-largest of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) seven emirates, and the only one with land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Sharjah is also close to Dubai and functions as a suburb, with commuter traffic causing traffic bottlenecks during rush hour.
Expatriates typically reside in Sharjah and work in Dubai since the cost of living in Sharjah is lower, but the jobs in Dubai are better.
The emirate, however, is far larger than Dubai, with coastlines on both the west and east coasts of the peninsula, including the islands of Kalba, Khor Fakkan, and Dibba Al Hisn.
The road from the west coast to the east coast passes through the mountainous Al Hajar mountains.