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Sharjah means “rising sun”. It is the 3rd largest emirate after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Located on the shore of the Arabian Gulf, It’s the first emirate to have UAE’s first airport, school, municipality, and library. We can call it a progressive emirate based on the fact that it was also the first emirate to promote women’s rights and education for women in 1942.
In Sharjah, housing is more affordable than in Dubai. Hence, people working in Dubai choose to live in Sharjah and commute to Dubai daily for work. Apartments or flats range from studio apartments to 4 BHKs. A standard size of a studio is about 350 sq. ft. and costs about AED 340,000 in Aljada. The cost of 2 BHKs, 3 BHKs and 4 BHKs in apartments and flats range from AED 1,050,000 to AED 3,000,000. The vast majority of the new apartment complexes offer attractive amenities like a gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and dedicated parking spot.
There are also villas and townhouses in Al Zahia, Al Narjis, and Nasma Residences. These properties have floor plans with 2 Beds 2 Baths to 5 Beds and 5 Baths and the price for these properties lie somewhere between AED 1,050,000 to AED 4,600,000.
Sharjah offers a wide selection of properties spread over many districts, but some areas are more popular than others.
Muwaileh is the best and ideal location for families as it’s pocket-friendly and is situated close to nurseries and schools, and is just 15 minutes away from the University City in Sharjah (education district).
Al Qasima has to offer some of the best apartments, with good supermarkets and retail outlets for everyday needs.
Al Nahda is popular for both for rentals and for freehold apartments. The reason is that it’s strategically located on the Sharjah-Dubai border, making it convenient for residents to live in Sharjah at comparatively affordable real estate prices and commute to Dubai for work.
Al Taawun is a popular tourist area and home to Al Qasba and the Eye of the Emirate (A giant Ferris wheel which has become synonymous with Sharjah). It has a
Family-friendly environment and is very much sought after by expat families.
Al Majaz and Al Khan areas have caught the attention of interested investors due to the affordable property prices within these areas.
Al Jada, Al Zahia and Nasma Residences are new and upcoming ambitious housing projects, with a vision to develop a lifestyle destination, which is deep-rooted in the emirate’s values of family and culture.
Sharjah was listed as an Arab Capital of Culture by UNESCO in the year 1998, and in 2015, it was crowned the capital of Arab Tourism, as it represents the essence of Arabic lifestyle and Islamic culture. It has the perfect mix of cultural heritage with a modern infrastructure to attract tourists. Sharjah has more than 22 museums and heritage sites that offer a perfect platform to view the arts, crafts and traditions, and the importance of Islam to the people.
To experience the cultural heritage of Sharjah, you can begin with the Sharjah Archaeology Museum which exhibits ancient artifacts, jewelry, and weapons from a bygone era. You will also learn about Middle Eastern arts at both the Sharjah Art Museum and Sharjah Museum of Calligraphy. You may wish to be part of an organized tour group and leave the planning to someone else.
Other places of tourist interest are the King Faisal Mosque, Al-Qasba, and the CEC, also called “The Eye of the Emirates”. Al Noor Island, which is located in Khalid Lagoon, is another place of interest, developed to highlight the cultural richness of Sharjah. The emirate has plenty of public beaches for beach lovers and for the food lovers; it offers you a huge selection of casual and fine dining options. For the shopaholic, there’s Sharjah City Centre, Mega Mall and of course, the famous Blue Souk which is the main shopping destination and one of the most majestic landmarks of Sharjah. It houses more than 600 shops selling all kinds of products, including gold, jewelry, and gems.
Sharjah is the only emirate that lies on the coastline. You can arrange your Yacht Charter online on Boat crowd and enjoy the breath-taking view of the entire area from the sea in two hours – from Manhattan Fort to Al-Qasba Canal.
Sharjah city is famous for top-class healthcare that specializes in emergency care. They have some world-class hospitals, Rak Hospital, Al Atta International Medical Center and University Hospital and it’s a great destination for medical tourism. Patients from all parts of the world come to Sharjah for Treatments and Procedures.
Sharjah is not only a Center of business activity, but it’s the perfect place for families looking to settle down within the UAE. Listed below are some reasons as to why you should invest in Sharjah
Real Estate prices in Sharjah have always been lower and affordable, compared to those in Dubai. You can buy a 2 bedroom apartment here for the price of a 1 BHK in Dubai. Since 2014, the local government has relaxed rules and opened the market for expats holding a UAE residency visa, to invest in 100 years freehold lease of properties.
Sharjah has a well-planned communications network and infrastructure that makes the commute to Dubai easier, though time-consuming.
The Government of Sharjah has promoted this emirate as an international destination for Medical Tourism. So, there are world-class hospitals with state-of-the-art facilities and renowned Doctors and you can get the best treatment for any illness here.
Sharjah has some excellent international schools like Victoria International School and The International School of Choueifat, to name a few. The American University of Sharjah is the most sought after university for a college education. Parents can rest assured that their children will get the best education here.
A massive advantage to invest in a home in the UAE is that it’s completely tax-free. No tax is levied for real estate investments, regardless of your nationality.
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