The Arabian Wildlife Center is the only 'zoo' in Arabia which
exhibits all the animals naturally occurring in the Arabian Peninsula,
both current and extinct. Opened in September 1999, this excellent
facility houses over 100 species displayed in safe, spacious and
natural surroundings. The center demonstrates the diversity of
the fauna found in the peninsula and creates awareness of the
species, which have, and are, becoming extinct.
to view the video just inside the main entrance before entering
the display areas. The tour takes you through the reptile, fish
and insect house, where many of the Arabian snakes including the
venomous vipers and adders, monitor lizards and chameleons plus
common insects such as camel spiders and scorpions are exhibited.
The bird aviary
set in a wadi and desert environment contains several species
of songbirds, Indian Roller birds, Houbara Bustard and flamingos.
Look out for the Rock Hyrax basking on top of the rocks. These
tail-less brown creatures about the size of a rabbit have only
three toes on each foot and surprisingly enough their closest
living relative is the elephant.
aviary's walk-through-cave, there is a tank containing blind cave
fish from Oman. These fish are born with eyes, but due to their
naturally dark habitat, they do not develop and end up like a
pinprick on adult fish. To the side of the aviary are housed the
smaller cats of the desert; the Caracal, recognized by the tufts
on the end of its ears, the Wildcat which is visually very similar
to a local cat and the petite, shy Sand Cat.
house is next, where night has been turned into day, to display
a surprising variety of mammals including three species of fox,
porcupines, hedgehogs, mongoose and twelve rodent species, in
their favored habitat.
takes you past the baboons, wolves, hyena, cheetah and the rare
and captivating Arabian leopard. Information is provided throughout
the center on display panels and via taped messages.
welcomes its visitors during the following timings:
Public Holidays 9 AM to 7 PM
Thursday: 11 AM to 7 PM
Friday: from 2 PM to 7 PM ONLY
Ticket counters close t 5:30 PM
is closed on Mondays
Admission : Adults Dh 15/Children under 15 years free of charge.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum and Desert Park is a venue that provides
people with a chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the
Arabian desert, while at the same time having a relaxing and fun
get to know the great variety of plants and animals and the amazing
ways in which these have adapted to life in a dry, hot climate,
they will start to respect and enjoy these gifts of nature.
farm was opened in May 1997 to provide city children with a chance
to have close contact with farm animals. A Breeding Center for
Endangered Arabian Animals started functioning in February 1998,
but this is not open to the general public, because the animals
need peace and quiet to breed.
middle of 1999 the Arabian Wildlife Center was opened, where people
can observe and enjoy all the various species of animals that
are found on the Arabian peninsula.
with the concept launched by His Highness, the Desert Park with
its various departments will be a center for learning and enjoyment
for people of all ages, as well as a place where original research
can be carried out by the next generation of students.
The Sharjah Heritage Museum is a combination of several museums
souq, that has been restored with great charm and traditional
style. It is located just behind the waterfront in Old Sharjah.
Al Naboodah family house, has been converted into the heritage
museum. Each room has a different theme, and displays jewelry,
costumes and artifacts of the period.
Al Midfaa family house is a charming restored building in a quiet
area behind the souq
Al Hisn fort was the traditional residence of the ruling family
of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qassimi "The First"
built the fort nearly 200 years ago and it was the center of all
developmental activities in the Emirates of Sharjah. It displays
contents that cover the history of Sharjah.