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General issues: British protectorate 1963-1971, United Arab Emirates 1971-1972

Country name on general issues: Sharjah & Dependencies

Special issues: Regional issues Khor Fakkan 1965-1969

Currency: 1 Rupee = 100 Naye Paise 1963-1966, 1 Riyal = 20 Piaster 1966, 1 Riyal = 100 Dirham 1966-1972

Population: 31 000 in 1970

Political history Sharjah

Postal history Sharjah

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Sharjah is an emirate on the Arabian peninsula in western Asia. Sharjah, in 1820, becomes a British protectorate, as do other emirates in the region, together called the Trucial States. The British interest in the treaties of protection lies in protecting the trades routes to British India, the emirates see an opportunity to protect themselves from Ottoman overlordship. The emirate of Ras al-Khaimah is, until 1869, and again, from 1900 until 1920, part of Sharjah. Equally, Fujairah is part of Sharjah until 1902. Currently, Sharjah owns a number of exclaves: Dibba al-Hisn, Kalba and Khor Fakkan. A small territory until today is a condominium of Fujairah and Sharjah.

After the treaty of protection has ended in 1971, Sharjah joins the federation of the United Arab Emirates of which it is a part until today. Trade – two free trade zones – and port  activities – the city of Sharjah and Khor Fakkan – would seem to be the most important elements in the Sharjah economy.

Postal history Sharjah

Postal history Sharjah

1963 – Map, Flag, Sheikh Sakr bin Sultan al-Kasimi

In 1963, the first post office is opened in Sharjah. Sharjah at the same time issues its first stamps. After joining the United Arab Emirates in 1971, Sharjah continues to issue stamps until the issues of Sharjah are replaced by those of the United Arab Emirates in 1973. From 1965 until 1969, Sharjah has also issued stamps for the exclave of Khor Fakkan, which were valid for use in Khor Fakkan and throughout Sharjah[1]The stamps of Sharjah issued after 1965 and the issues for Khor Fakkan are disputed. Scott does not list them, Stanley Gibbons lists the issues from 1967 in the Appendix.







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5 Responses to Sharjah

  1. william (bill) beaudoin

    Excellent reference site. I have found this to be immensely valuable. Thank you

    • Gerben


      I’m glad you find the site to be of use. I hope to see you as a frequent visitor in the future.

      • william (bill) beaudoin

        Thank you. I have already used it in the past several days on several occasions. Definitely an asset and appreciate your effort.

  2. William Smith

    “The first post office in Khor Fakkan opened 20 February 1965. A month later the air mail set with the views of Sharjah was overprinted with “Khor Fakkan” in English and Arabic. These and subsequent Khor Fakkan issues were valid throughout the shaikhdom.” —

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