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A road sandwiched between Sharjah's very busy Al Wahda Street and the iconic Corniche Road is the vibrant Jamal Abdul Nasser Street.
The area is known as Al Majaz 1 and extends into Al Majaz 2, and is home to dozens of restaurants, bakeries, hairdressing salons, supermarkets, mobile phone shops and small boutiques lining both sides of the area.
There is a large spacious mosque sitting at the intersection between the Corniche and Al Wahda Street. One end of the road will lead you to the Taawun area near Al Qasba, while the other direction will lead you towards the Heart of Sharjah area.
The eateries and restaurants here are largely underpinned by an Eastern, namely Levantine regional touch. This is evident in the dozens of Arabic fast food outlets that appeal to a variety of tastes and budgets.
One popular restaurant offers good quality, value-priced Syrian and Lebanese food. For those who prefer their Arabic food vegetarian, there is a vast number of falafel joints that offer fresh falafel served up traditional style with tahini paste or in a variety of mixed falafel vegetable sandwiches. For serious carnivores, there is one restaurant which offers Iraqi specialties and is a more formal, sit-down restaurant. Another eating joint offers authentic Turkish food. For those with a sweet tooth, there are a number of traditional Arabic kunafa shops dotting the road alongside Arafat Sweets.
The area is also home to several expansive beauty supply shops catering to salon proprietors and private clientele looking for a bargain in anything, from specialty shampoos and conditioners, to wigs and hairstyling tools.
• Jamal Abdul Nasser Street attracts people of all nationalities
• The place is a hub for well-known Levantine fast food eateries
• The area has a large free-entry park which appeals to families
Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer