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Sharjah, the UAE

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The population of Sharjah is 1.4 million people. Sharjah is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, modern infrastructure, and a diverse population. Expats love living in Sharjah for its low cost of living, excellent job opportunities, and its proximity to Dubai. The weather in Sharjah is generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit (18-35 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low. A one bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,500 per month.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Sharjah?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Sharjah responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Sharjah, often appreciate the lower cost of living compared to neighboring Dubai, as well as the more traditional and cultural atmosphere. They enjoy the beautiful architecture, such as the Al Noor Mosque and the Sharjah Art Museum, and the numerous parks and green spaces. The city is also known for its safety and cleanliness, which is a significant advantage for many expats. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the strict adherence to Islamic customs and laws to be restrictive, particularly regarding alcohol consumption and public displays of affection. The hot and humid climate can be challenging for some, especially during the summer months. Additionally, traffic congestion and limited public transportation options can make commuting difficult. Finally, while there are job opportunities in Sharjah, they may be more limited compared to Dubai, which could be a disadvantage for some expats and digital nomads," explained one expat living in Sharjah.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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