This is Sharjah’s famous Blue Souq, also known as Central Market (Souq al Markazi) and Gold Souq. It is the largest market of the emirate, and one of my favorites.
The souk was built in 1979 and is characterized by its special arabic islamic design work which was guided by the desire to recognize traditional aesthetics by H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi (Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah).
I took these photographs 20 minutes before sunset, hence the warm glow on the walls.
The Blue Souq has two wings, connected by footbridges. In one section, shoppers will find antiques, carpets, gifts and electronics while the other section features gold, gems and jewelry. There are a total of 600 shops.
I was experimenting with different shutter speeds, and the picture came out with some noise because the golden hour had ended by then.