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Seduced by the spell of Sharjah

The tiny Emirate of Sharjah is just up the road from glittering Dubai, but it is a world apart from its showy neighbour, writes Isabel Conway.

24th March, 2013
Dhows in the harbour in Sharjah.

The colonel whacks his shiny knee-high boots with a riding crop, barking out urgent orders. The roar of an approaching plane prompts Bedouin tribesmen to cock their rifles, preparing for the worst.

The sparse population is witnessing a historic occasion, the first commercial flight into a Middle Eastern enclave - an event that will radically change its fortunes.

The first passenger to alight into the baking heat is incongruously wrapped in furs and tweeds. Her...

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