Emirate of Sharjah
The Emirate of Sharjah (//; Arabic: إِمَارَة ٱلشَّارِقَة Imārat Aš-Šāriqah) is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates, which covers 2,590 square kilometres (1,000 sq mi) and has a population of over 1,400,000 (2015). It comprises the capital city of Sharjah, after which it is named, and other minor towns and exclaves such as Kalba', Al Dhaid, Dibba Al-Hisn and Khor Fakkan.
|Emirate of Sharjah|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|• Type||Absolute Monarchy|
|• Ruler||Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi|
|• Total||2,590 km2 (1,000 sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||AE-SH|
The emirate is an absolute monarchy. It has been ruled by Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi since 1972, but was removed for a period of six days after an attempted coup d'etat by his brother, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi.