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.
time 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.
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.
the 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.
nocturnal 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.
finale 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.
Museum welcomes its visitors during the following
& 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
Museum 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 time.
people 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
children's 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.
the 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.
accordance 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
The Sharjah Heritage Museum is a combination of
several museums and includes:
old 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.