Al Arsah (The Old Souq) is located in the heart
of old Sharjah.
away behind a row of shops, cafeterias and a mosque
on the waterfront, is a narrow alley where vendors
sell silver jewelry, Indian handicrafts, Omani
chests, daggers, Gulf pearls and some antiques.
Art & Fine Craft
at every archeological dig are pottery jars used
for storing water and grain. Today, these are
still fired in man made wood-fuelled kilns. The
various shapes and sizes of the water, grain and
later oil jars, are displayed in the Heritage
Museum, (see Museums section). New locally made
pots are on sale in the Plant Souk, Al Soor.
old Arabic bridal chests which are becoming a
rarity were made throughout the Gulf, characterized
by the solid wood (usually teak or rosewood) with
inlaid brass decoration and often, secret compartments.
Smaller wooden chests, with carved decoration
only and many compartments were made specifically
for the pearling industry. Pearls would be graded
and stored in the boxes according to size, along
with scales and other pearling paraphernalia.
and embroidery was used for dress decoration and
practical purposes. These traditional crafts are
still popular pastimes amongst the national women.
The locally available date palm fibers are woven
to produce mats, baskets, bags and bowls plus
fans used for lighting fires. There
is a shop in Souk Al Arsah which sells these crafts
and you will also find them on sale in the old
Iranian Bazaar which runs parallel to the creek.
For further details, see Souks section.
Sharjah Art Museum, established in 1995 under
the Art Directorate of the Department of Culture
& Information, was housed in Bait Al Serkal,
Al Shuwaihiyeen area until 1997. The new building
of the Sharjah Art Museum was constructed in the
area to integrate with the heritage buildings.
It was completed and inaugurated on April 9, 1997.
in the heart of Sharjah city and fully designated
to the fine arts and art-related activities, the
museum is displays a permanent collection of art
on the ground floor. Since its opening, thirty-three
solo and group exhibitions and other related activities
have been held at the venue.
Special Arts (House of Abdullah Al Sari)
Established in Sharjah in 1995 by the Sharjah
City for Humanitarian Services, Very Special Arts
was formed to enrich the lives of the disabled,
through enlightening and enhancing their artistic
house of Abdulla Al Sari has been transformed
for this workshop for the disabled.
the disabled in integrating with the society
through enhancing their artistic talent.
the community awareness about the importance
of art as a means of expression and as an educational
tool in the rehabilitation program for the disabled.
the differences between the able and disabled
by providing equal opportunity in various artistic
special training and technical assistance to
the teachers for the disabled.
local, regional and international art workshops
and seminars at various levels for the disabled
and coordinating various similar establishments
around the world.