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.