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, 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. There
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
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 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
local, regional and international
art workshops and seminars at
various levels for the disabled
and coordinating various similar
establishments around the world.