Desert Landscapes & Ancient History at Mleiha Archaeological Site
Sharjah's Mleiha Archaeological Site is one of the best places to visit in the UAE to both learn about the deep history of the Arabian Peninsula and to add some desert activities into your vacation.
Mleiha is near the small settlement of Maleha, 60 kilometers east of Sharjah city.
Mleiha's museum and visitor center at the site entrance offers a thorough rundown of the site's history and heritage and arranges a variety of tours for exploring the surrounding area with its orange sand dunes and craggy rock outcrops.
Desert activities include 4WD tours across the sand dunes, horse riding desert tours, and treks.
In the evenings, they run stargazing tours at their "sunset lounge," where you can watch the sunset on cushions set up in the desert and then learn about basic astronomy aided by a guide and telescope. Overnight desert camping tours are also available.
The emirate of Sharjah offers an inviting combination of culture, heritage, art, and outdoor activities. Admire the rare artifacts at the Museum of Islamic Civilization, and visit the art area for a taste of traditional and contemporary art. A walk through the Heart of Sharjah will reward visitors with a glimpse into history, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an exciting 4-wheel drive through the dunes before relaxing on the white beaches or snorkeling through the clear blue waters offshore.
Earning a title of 'Cultural Capital of the Arab World' by UNESCO in 1998, the city of Sharjah is best known for preserving its culture, tradition, and heritage. Its Art Museum is world-renowned while fascinating buildings in the Heritage Area are immersed with Emirati history.
Away from the glitz and glamour of Dubai, the city offers a plethora of entertainment and amusement options including well-maintained museums, beautiful mosques, Souks, and numerous parks. National History Museum and Desert Park is one such place where petting animals is the major highlight for kids and the Science Museum is packed with fun facts and exhibits.