Al Arsah (The Old Souq) is located in the heart of
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
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.
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 skills.
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.