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
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
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 differences between the
able and disabled by providing
equal opportunity in various
special training and technical
assistance to the teachers
for the disabled.
local, regional and international
art workshops and seminars
at various levels for the
disabled and coordinating
various similar establishments
around the world.