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Sharjah Arts Museum

Country
United Arab Emirates
State
State of Sharjah
City
Sharjah
Type of Location
Multiple
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How to Reach

By Air

Sharjah International Airport  is around 15 kilometres from Sharjah city. It is the home of the low cost carrier Air Arabia which has connections with various Middle East and Indian Subcontinent cities.

By Bus

Bus travel to Dubai is possible via an inter-emirate bus service - this is run by the Government of Dubai Road and Transport Authority. Most buses leave from the Al Jubail (Al Jabal) bus station next to the Sharjah Fish market and the Sharjah Fruit and Vegetable market, nearby to the Central Souk. A bus from Sharjah to Dubai can take about 1 hour and costs 5Dh. Timetables can be found at the RTA website

By Taxi

Taxis can travel from Dubai to Sharjah and vice versa without any restrictions. During rush hour 7am to 11am weekdays, travel by road from Sharjah to Dubai can take up to 3 hours.

Key places to visit
Blue Souq, Sharjah Arts Museum, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Desert Park


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Places to Visit

Blue Souq

The Central Market or Blue Souq, as it is also known because of the lovely blue tiles on the outside walls, is the largest market in Sharjah. The Blue Souq is one of Sharjah's most famous landmarks with its unique Islamic design. It is located on the Khaled Lagoon with over 600 shops.

The Central Market has two sections connected with tunnels. In one section, shoppers will find goods, gifts and electronics while the other section features gold, gems and jewelry.

The upper floors are popular with tourists because the atmosphere is that of a real bazaar. There are antiques, a large selection of fine rugs, silver jewelry, Omani and Yemeni antique jewelry as well as curios and artifacts.

The lower floor specializes in gold jewelry, precious stones, perfumes, textiles, cosmetics, cameras, clothing and household items.

Sharjah Arts Museum

The Sharjah Arts Museum is the largest of its kind in the United Arab Emirates. This state-of-the-art facility opened in 1997 and features a permanent collection as well as temporary art exhibits for local artists.

The permanent collections of the Sharjah Art Museum are exhibited in groups, these valuable pieces of artwork are from the collection of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, The Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Seventy-two galleries, over three floors, contain oils, watercolors and lithographs. Most of these works are from artists who captured the Arab Orient. Many of the works of art are from 18th C painters who visited the Middle East and were fascinated by the natural environment, architecture and the vigorous culture with discerning fashions.

Watercolor paintings by Ali Darwish highlight various areas of Sharjah, the marine environment and Sharjah's historical areas including towers, forts and castles.

The contemporary exhibits consist of over 300 works of art by local, Arab and foreign artists.

The library at the Sharjah Arts Museum features books, periodicals and other relevant printed as well as electronic materials. Both Arabic and English language titles are available on fine arts and art related subjects.

The lecture and seminar hall is equipped and designed for audiovisual presentations, seminars, lectures and educational programs.

Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium

Sharjah Stadium was originally built in the early 1980s and could house 12,000 people but over the years improvements were made. The stadium can now accommodate 27,000 people and has become popular among locals and tourists for hosting cricket games. Although the athletic track means there is more than just cricket offered at the Sharjah Stadium.

The open plan of the stadium and the stands being relatively close to the pitch means that fans can be close to the action.

Between 1984 and 2003 the Sharjah Stadium was the venue for One Day Internationals featuring three or four international teams.

Desert Park

The Natural History Museum and Desert Park in Sharjah allows visitors to learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert.

The children's farm allows children to have close contact with farm animals. The kitchen serves fresh milk, homemade cheese, and yogurt. A beehive can be watched as bees fly in and out through a transparent tube.

A Breeding Center for Endangered Arabian Animals began 1998, but the center is not open to the general public, because the animals need peace and quiet to breed.

The Diorama Hall depicts the various desert habitats from the East Coast to West Coast of Sharjah. Photographs of plants, birds and animals are found throughout the exhibit.

The geology hall presents a lively geological exhibit by telling the story of life on earth since the beginning of creation. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tectonic plate drift and the Big Bang theory can be viewed in audiovisual presentations.

The Flora Hall presents two continuous movies on wildflowers and desert ecology as well as educational video games. The botany section is located outside with the Wildflower Gardens and the recreated desert habitats.

Right Time to Visit

October - December

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