The dynasty claim to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad. After the dissolution of the Yaruba dynasty in the first half of the 18th century AH, the Al Qassimi dynasty began their leadership and formed a large emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Lengeh.
The ruler of AL-SHarjah is Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qasimi and his Crown Prince is Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi.
The Al Qawasem, based at Ras al-Khaimah, emerged as a major maritime power during the eighteenth century. They ruled some of the shores and islands of Persia, like Bandar Lengeh, that were opposite to today’s U.A.E in different eras between (1800—1890). Their control of trade in the Persian Gulf area led to conflict with Oman and eventually with Britain. In 1819, the British defeated Al Qawasem after several naval battles. The Qawasim were also principal leaders of the Persian Gulf pirates from the early 18th century.
Al-Sharjah won the first UAE football league in the 1973–74 season. The club went on to win four more titles in the late 1980s and early 1990s
It holds the record for the most President’s Cup winner with 8 victories, the first in 1978–79 and the last in 2002–03.
UAE League: 5
1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96
UAE President Cup: 8
1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2002–03
UAE Super Cup: 1
GCC Champions League: 0
Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and is the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The emirate covers 2,590 square kilometres (1,000 sq mi) which is equivalent to 3.3 per cent of the UAE’s total area, excluding the islands. It has a population of over 800,000 (2008).
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Universities in Sharjah:
University of Sharjah – the largest university in the emirate, it is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) – established in 1997, it is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as the United States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Troy University — ITS Sharjah Campus
Skyline College Sharjah
Sharjah Men’s College
Sharjah Women’s College
The University City of Sharjah is an educational district to the east of Sharjah City that includes AUS, the University of Sharjah, and the Higher Colleges of Technology (which in turn includes Sharjah Women’s College and Sharjah Men’s College. The area also includes the Sharjah Library, Police Academy, and the Sharjah Teaching Hospital.
Sharjah has long invested considerable resources in building a strong cultural identity and heritage and was named in 1998 as UNESCO’s ‘Arab Capital of Culture’, an event commemorated by a large pillar erected opposite the Sharjah Desert Park and Arabian Wildlife Centre between Sharjah and Dhaid cities.
The city has 16 museums. Sharjah’s Ruler, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad al Qasimi, established the Sharjah Museums Department, an independent department affiliated to the Ruler’s Office, in 2006. Museums in Sharjah include:
El Eslah School Museum
Al Mahatta Museum
Sharjah Archeology Museum
Sharjah Art Museum
Bait Al Naboodah
Bait Sheikh Saeed Bin Hameed Al Qasimi (Kalba)
Sharjah Calligraphy Museum
Sharjah Discovery Centre
he Expo Centre Sharjah in the city of Sharjah holds an annual book fair that is known throughout the region. It was founded, built and operated from 1976 to 1989 by Frederick Pittera, an international producer of Trade & Consumer Fairs. The event typically attracts hundreds of local and international publishers and thousands of titles.