Sharjah is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, and it is undoubtedly one of the prides of the country as a whole. With a population of over 2,300,000 people, and approximately 2,590 square kilometer (1,000 sq mi.), the cultural rich emirates mark the third-biggest in the entire UAE, after Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which are the first and second biggest respectively. The emirate which is only 170km away from UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, shares in all of the country’s beautiful culture, architectural structures, road networking modernization, among other things. As a matter of fact, the emirate has further emerged into a commercial and economic hub for both tourists and expats.
Just like the most rated of them all, Dubai, the Sharjah emirate is also a tourist attraction, and as such, is considered among the best emirates to live in, visit or perhaps relocate to, especially in the wake of modernization.
Also, apart from being a tourist attraction, Sharjah is a good place to live for several reasons ranging from affordable rent, education, and comfortable lifestyle among other reasons. Below are 10 awesome reasons to consider living in Sharjah.
1. Affordable lifestyle
The UAE is generally perceived as a luxury destination, and as such labeled as very expensive, especially with respect to living expense; however, while that is a fact, certain emirates, including Sharjah poses as a more affordable option when it comes to affordable lifestyle. As a matter of fact, this is one of the major reasons why many residents prefer to live in the emirate while working in the more industrious locations as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
2. Modest and conservative culture
People who find value in a modest lifestyle would not trade an opportunity to live in Sharjah. The emirate, endorses a very modest and conservative culture, and people who reside in there are not easily impressed by glamorous and glimmering skylines and lifestyles, a trait that is profound in the highly rated emirates such as Dubai. Anyone who aspires to have a very modest or conservative lifestyle will find out that Sharjah is an awesome place to live in.
3. Healthy savings
This is about the best reason to consider living in Sharjah; it is pretty much convenient to save more money than anywhere else. With a moderate lifestyle, comes the ability to build a great savings habit. Little spending means more savings. A modest culture even makes the whole saving process a lot easier, as you tend to spend less on unnecessary things.
4. Affordable rent
Another valuable reason why you may have to consider living in Sharjah is the affordable cost of rent. House or units in Sharjah are quite cheaper to rent and maintain than in other expensive emirates. For instance, even right now in 2020, a good 3 bedroom apartment of 2000 square feet area costs an average of 40,000 AED per annum in Sharjah; where as, the same amount will only afford you a studio apartment in Dubai.
5. Safe and affordable education
Sharjah is not only a safe place to raise kids, it is also a perfect destination for safe and affordable education, and if you desire the best for your kids, then Sharjah is considerably a great option. According to a report, “the average annual fee for a school in Sharjah is AED 18,300. There are 16 schools more expensive than this average and 37 schools less expensive”. Really, there are a whole lot of affordable choices to make. Needless to say, some of the best universities in the entire UAE are located in Sharjah; these are University of Sharjah and American University of Sharjah, both top 5 highest-ranking universities in the United Arab Emirates.
6. Several leisure option
Sharjah, although may not be fit enough (at the time of writing) to compete with other industrious emirates such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it also offers a wide range of leisure option. Over the years, due to the growing ecosystem and increasing expat rates, the emirate has also been investing a lot in the development of infrastructure, offering residents a wider range of options to visit. Some of the most prominent of these locations include Sharjah Art Museum, Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Noor Island, Al Qasba, among several others. Living in Sharjah is not as boring as many may have perceived it to be after all.
7. Less congested
With a population a little more than 2 million – out of which expatriates constitute 87% of the total population, Sharjah is considered to be less congested when comparing with other highly-rated emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Sharjah in its own case is more of a residential and industrial area than a tourist attraction. However, a lot of people still visit the emirate for tourism purpose because there are plenty of things to do and see.
8. Bigger units
Compared to the more industrious zones, Sharjah offers bigger and affordable units (housing). As a matter of fact, there are thousands of people who find it pretty hard to relocate from the emirate simply because it offers a budget friendly housing than any of the other emirates who even charges ridiculous amount for similar provision. In Sharjah, apartments are built with high quality materials for very good prices. There are big bedrooms, big living rooms and spacious kitchens and while that is a top priority during construction, residents tends to embrace such opportunity at affordable cost.
9. Cultural capital of the UAE
Among the several reasons to consider living in Sharjah is its cultural essence. The emirate is regarded as the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates, and living in there exposes the residents to the core cultural heritage of the UAE as a whole, considering the many traditional activities that is been embraced, exhibited, and of course promoted.
10. Common border with other emirates
Sharjah is definitely a perfect emirate to live for many reasons, and one of them is a quick access to major emirates. With a reasonable distance, the emirate is connected to the major or perhaps the most rated emirates in the Arabian Peninsula. Distance from Sharjah to Dubai, and Abu Dhabi is about 27.5 km, and 163.9km (22min, and 1hr 37min) respectively by car, and of course a shorter distance when traveling by air. The implication of this is that it is quite easy to work in the more industrial areas, while residing in Sharjah which is a lot more economical with respect to living expense.