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 inflation.
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