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
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
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
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 nature.
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
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:
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
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.