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.
Take 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
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.
Within 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The Museum welcomes
its visitors during the following timings:
Weekdays & 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
The Museum is closed
Admission : Adults Dh 15/Children under 15 years
free of charge.
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
If 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 nature.
A 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.
Towards 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
In 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 of students.
The Sharjah Heritage Museum is a combination of several
museums and includes:
Souq Al Arsah
An old souq, that has been restored with great charm
and traditional style. It is located just behind
the waterfront in Old Sharjah.
Bait Al Naboodah
The 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 House
The Al Midfaa family house is a charming restored
building in a quiet area behind the souq
Al Hisn Sharjah
The 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.