Emirate of Sharjah

The Emirate of Sharjah (/ˈʃɑːrə/; 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).[2] 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.

إِمَارَة ٱلشَّارِقَة
Imārat al-Shāriqah
Emirate of Sharjah
Location of Sharjah in the UAE
Coordinates: 25°21′27″N 55°23′27″E
Country United Arab Emirates
  TypeAbsolute Monarchy
  RulerSultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi
  Total2,590 km2 (1,000 sq mi)
Area rank3rd
ISO 3166 codeAE-SH

The emirate is an absolute monarchy.[3] 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.[4]

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