Dhow: A Traditional Arab Ship

The history of Sharjah – then known as Sarcoa – goes back some 6000 years ago.  At that time the population was really small, and in addition to some cultivation and hunting, they used to depend on trade (mainly pearls) and  building of maritime boats.

I took this picture at the Sharjah corniche during one beautiful sunset.

27 comments

  1. Yet another great shot.

    And I never knew Sharjah is soooo (6000 years) old.

    I also have no clue how come it is written in English as Sharjah but in Arabic they don’t write it with a “jeem”. It is with a “Qaaf”. But yet they don’t call it Sharqah…

  2. A traditional ship like this is to be presented to Singapore by Oman.I read a article about it.A very heartwarming gesture indeed! It’ll be in the museum when it arrives here,of course showcasing the good relations bet the 2 countries.

  3. Beautiful picture!
    I always love the admixture of ancient and extremely modern elements, so I like very much the contrast of that old style wooden ship, with the contemporary buildings in the back.
    …oh! And the golden light of the sunset is just so magic!

  4. Yes Nadia,

    I am waiting too..We are always talking about Dubai when it comes to Holidays and vacation..

    And of course you and masood..

    I really hope that my holidays come soon…was supposed to come last year June..will try to make it this yr..Do dua..

    Shall meet you soon ..Insya Allah..cant waittttttt 🙂

    1. I will make loads of dua and we’ll meet soon, inshaAllah. Can’t wait too! 🙂

      PS: If possible, try to avoid coming here between May to October. The heat is unbearable.

  5. Ohhh would just love to go on a dinner cruise in in, enjoying that beautiful sunset.
    Btw you still didn’t do the Alhamdulillah tag!! Reminding you coz I would love to see your thoughts on that. 🙂

    1. Ice-cream sticks?! The builders of this ship traveled far away into the dark and dangerous jungles of India, braving tigers and venomous cobras, in order to find the perfect wood – and you think this looks like it’s made of ice cream sticks?!

      Yes, you are right actually 😀

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