Sharjah’s Architectural Splendour

Project Background

Sharjah, which has been crowned both Capital of Islamic Culture and Cultural Capital of the Arab World, is home to architectural wonders old and new. As part of its mission to promote the emirate’s cultural attractions, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) commissioned Explorer to showcase these features in a photography book.


Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


Arabic / English




Strategy & Structure | Content Creation | Editing | Translation & Localisation | Proofreading | Creative Concepts | Graphic Design & Layout | Photography | Image Selection & Editing | Print Management

Creative Approach

Explorer’s award-winning photography team shot the captivating imagery for this book. Focusing on the intricate details and ideal illumination of Sharjah’s stunning heritage and modern buildings, glimpsed from little-known vantage points, enabled us to showcase the city in a breathtaking new light. The images were presented thoughtfully in a clean and contemporary design, with luxurious print specifications creating a prestigious tribute to this cultural capital.

Editorial Strategy

Explorer’s editorial team reviewed Sharjah’s hidden gems and architectural assets and categorised them into chapters focusing on different building styles and features. The editorial style is at once poetic and informative, guiding the reader on a picturesque journey through Arabesque traditions, religious architectural features, UAE heritage and more. The content is based on thorough research, including authoritative classical architecture sources, coupled with interviews with architects, local academics and developers.

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