Sharjah is famous for its beautiful souks, old and
new. Bargain hunters can explore the myriad handicraft
shops which stock everything from carpets and antiques
to Arabic jewellery, onyx and semi precious stones.
Sharjah's gold souk is dazzling and prices are like
music to the ears. Tonnes and tonnes of gold hang
inside shop windows, luring the willing to convert
savings into hard metal and get a hedge against
In the old souks, one sees shops selling nargilahs,
tall hubble - bubble pipes in which the smoke is
passed through water veils with decorated edges,
pantaloons with embroidered anklets, dress lengths
with, similarly embroidered necklines and sari lengths
made from raw silks and cottons of the Orient.