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.