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    Sharjah

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    Hotels in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    Sharjah Hotels are concentrated in Sharjah City Centre and comprise a number of traditional Sharjah hotels that serve the business needs of Sharjah like the Millennium Sharjah and the Sharjah Rotana hotels. There are also several Sharjah resort hotels like the Sharjah Radisson SAS and the Coral Beach Resort both of which are located a few kilometres from the city centre.



    Unlike the other Emirates Sharjah does not have large scale plans for new Sharjah hotels but instead any new construction will be focussed on the business sector.



    Hotels in Sharjah are located in two distinct areas. Sharjah city hotels are located in the main business hub of Sharjah, Sharjah City Centre which also happens to located next to the Gulf. The Sharjah City hotels are aimed mostly at the business traveller whilst the two Sharjah Resort Hotels are located on the beach outside of the city centre but still close by.



    Cranley now lists most 5 star hotels in Sharjah and most 4 star hotels in Sharjah with free comprehensive Sharjah hotel reports, hotel information, independent ratings and reviews including many photos. This makes Cranley the most comprehensive independent on-line guide on Hotels in Sharjah. We expect to add more detailed reports on Sharjah Hotels throughout 2007.
    Background
    Sharjah is the third largest of the seven emirates which form the United Arab Emirates. The settlement of Sharjah dates back some 6,000 years when it is believed to have been called Sarcoa. The population was small and people relied on trade and sea faring in addition to, farming, hunting, fishing and pearling. Many of the early settlements were based around the falaj, a man made underground water course.

    From the 16th century onwards, times were turbulent. In 1507, the Portuguese savagely took command of the East Coast in order to establish control of the spice trade. They built forts at Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Dibba and their reign lasted a century till the Dutch gained supremacy for the same reason. By the 17th century the British arrived and began trading with the Qawassim, the forefathers of todays ruling family. In the 18th century, the ruling Qawassim tribe became the mighty seafarers who created an important maritime power in the southern Gulf. Their strongholds were based in Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr bin Rashid Al Qassimi, the patriarch of todays rulers became the Sheikh of Sharjah in 1804 and governed for over 50 years. By the turn of the century relationships between the Qawassim and the British deteriorated and in 1809, the British mounted their initial land based attack on the Qawassim in Ras Al Khaimah. By 1820, the first of several Treaties of Peace was signed guaranteeing peace at sea and protection of the British against attack for 150 years. The coast became known as the Trucial Oman and the Sheikhdoms as the Trucial States. These names remained from 1853 up until the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971.

    In 1972, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi succeeded as the ruler of Sharjah. The same year, oil was struck in the Mubarak field, 80 kms offshore, close to the island of Abu Mousa. Two years later production began and at its peak 35,000 barrels were produced per day. A few years later gas condensate was discovered and drilling started in 1990. This natural wealth combined with the foresight of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi has allowed Sharjah to enjoy prosperity and vitality whilst retaining the charms and traditional values of an Islamic city.

    Today Sharjah is a cosmopolitan city with modern facilities and hotels, it hosts a range of sporting events like the Annual Sharjah International Cricket festival and F1 Power Boat Racing. As Sharjah adheres Islamic principles it does not allow alcohol in the Emirate.