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 Orient.