Palace of Sheikh Saqr ibn Sultan al-Qasimi
(Photograph taken in the 1960s at Sharjah in the Trucial States)
Sharjah, like all the Arab states in the area at that time, had a distinctly feudal nature.
The Sheikh was an absolute ruler, while his subjects
scratched out a living from fishing or trading.
For more about the palace see The assassination of Sheikh Khalid