Al Arsah (The Old Souq) is located
in the heart of old Sharjah.
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,
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 pearling paraphernalia.
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
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
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
special training and technical
assistance to the teachers for
local, regional and international
art workshops and seminars at
various levels for the disabled
and coordinating various similar
establishments around the world.