Souq Al Arsah

Market in Sharjah

One of the oldest souqs in the UAE (about 50 years), this once crawled with traders from Persia and India and local Bedouin stocking up on supplies, their camels fastened to posts outside. Despite a facelift it’s still atmospheric, though vendors now vie for tourist dirham with pashminas, dhallahs (coffee pots), herbs and spices, old khanjars (daggers) and traditional jewellery in air-conditioned comfort.