I decided to take a one year Visiting Professor of Psychology position at the American University of Sharjah so we packed up for our third time living in the UAE. We do love it there and I was eager to spend time with my brother and his wife who live in Dubai again.
In our previous years in country, Sharjah was mostly a place we went through on our way to the huge booze store in the emirate past this one. Sharjah is not known for it’s party atmosphere as it is dry (no alcohol) and much more conservating. But we found out it has lovely museums and old places to visit. It has a nice water front although possibly not bikini frolicking area.
There was a new mall near us plus two smaller ones with Carrefour and Spinneys (grocery stores we like) in them. We also had a great medical center and tons of restaurants and movie theaters around.
My favorite jaunt was the huge fruit and vegetable souk and fish market which is now inside and air conditioned but still has a very market feel to it. The range of offerings is incredible and I miss that a lot. We made weekly trips there given how many visitors came to stay. That actually was the best part of our year as we had back-to-back family and friends staying with us. It pushed us to not be complacent and to get out and explore more which is always a good thing. Anytime I get my family to visit is a good time
Places we enjoyed:
Al Wasit Wetland Centre
Arabian Tea House
House of Wisdom
Khor Fakkan beach and damn area
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Sharjah Central Souk
Al Majaz Waterfront
We had a house on the campus which was in a beautiful university city area. Loads of gorgeous manicured gardens around us and it was lovely and quiet. Sometimes a little too quiet but overall a wonderful year.