Al Arsah (The Old Souq) is located in the heart of old Sharjah.
Tucked 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 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. 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
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
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 fields.
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.