Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

arabian lamp

Sharjah is one of the seven Emirates that comprise the UAE. Since Dubai has risen to great heights among the seven Emirates, people seem to have little knowledge of Sharjah and have missed to see some of its beauty, thanks to the horrible traffic going into and out of the emirate.

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We visited the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization located in an old area of Sharjah. The building was only the second of its kind in the Gulf region, after Sharjah’s “New” or “Central’’ Souq constructed in 1977, to use traditional, Arab-Islamic design elements in its ground-plan and décor.

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The building with its impressive architecture and attractive design features was subsequently renovated and reopened in 2008 as the Museum of Islamic Civilization. Its most outstanding feature is its majestic, gilt central dome, decorated on the inside with an intricate mosaic depicting the night sky and the signs of the zodiac.

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Here we learned a lot about Islamic culture. My mother became too engrossed with an image of pilgrims doing the Haj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

mama looking at mecca

Some photos of what’s inside the building:

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Even if we went on a Friday (off day for most), the building was almost empty except for a few staff, us and a couple of tourists.

from above

See? The halls look ghostly.

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On the second floor, you can see the beautiful interior of the dome, decorated intricately to depict the night sky with glittering lights to form the zodiac. Sadly, I only brought a 50mm lens with me so it was impossible to get a full  shot of the ceiling.

An old door:

old door

Traditional utensils for Arabic coffee:

trinkets

There’s some sort of cafe upstairs which wasn’t open. The chairs are exquisite.

nanay and p

Outside the weather was so nice, blue cloudless skies, typical UAE “winter” weather.

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BONUS PHOTO: We passed by three men who had just finished with their Friday prayers at the nearby mosque. They didn’t seem to mind a stranger taking their photograph.

pakistanis

If you are living in the UAE, I’d suggest a visit to the museum on Fridays, preferably so you won’t have to endure the horrific traffic between Sharjah and Dubai on other days. However, the museum is only open from 4pm to 8pm on Fridays.

You can view the photo gallery from the main website here.

12 thoughts on “Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

  1. Oh wow! That is just gorgeous. I seriously ADORE that old door-It’s incredibly beautiful 🙂
    Thank you for sharing(and of course taking the most beautiful pictures)!

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  2. Thank you so much once again for the education and for the lovely photos. They remind me of the Blue Mosque in Turkey. I love the hallway pictures, the lighting is so pretty, as is the very first photo. I think the coffee service is so delicate and intricate, also reminicent of the Turkish coffee sets we saw.
    I love the old architecture that is over in that area, we have nothing like it here in America, thank you so much for sharing such beautiful pictures with us… especially the one of Pristine and your mom.
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..People’s Sexiest Man Alive Announced =-.

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