Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Sharjah

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Meliha Archaeological Centre is a visitor centre and exhibition based around the history and archaeology of the areas surrounding the village of Mleiha in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates. Built around a preserved Umm Al Nar era tomb, the centre details the excavations and discoveries made over the past 40 years at Mleiha and surrounding areas (including Al Thuqeibah, Jebel Faya, Al Madam and Jebel Buhais), particularly the important Faya North East find, which provides evidence that 'anatomically modern humans' were in the Mleiha area between 130,000 and 120,000 years ago. These finds point to the spread of humanity from Africa across the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf region, and onward to populate the world through Iran, India, Europe and Asia.

The centre was opened on 24 January 2016 by the Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi. The multi-phase eco-tourism development is intended in future to comprise accommodation, a campsite and an astronomical observatory, with a total investment of some UAE Dhs 250 million. It will also include the development of a 450 km desert park. The centre is developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).
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  • This was a great value for money package for a family. Started off at 430pm with a drive to see the camels, then off to the dunes for roller coaster rides and photo shoots. Then off to fossil rock...  more »
  • We had a wonderful time camping overnight at Mleiha last week. The trip was well organised and all staff very friendly. The camp site was clean, good facilities and a lovely evening meal. Special...  more »
  • We recently had an amazing experience at the Meteor Shower event. Very well organized and at such reasonable cost. Have to mention Prabhu (astronomer) I guess who kept us enlightened and entertained.....  more »
  • Serene place. Variety of adventurous packages available. Camping, trekking, sunset lounge! A must visit place for archaeological lovers.
  • The place is very interesting to visit, and it’s underrated, tourists don’t come here often but people who visit Mleiha should come here. The only reason I am not giving this a 5 star is because younger kids wouldn’t particularly enjoy this.
  • Nice center to learn about historic evolution. Surrounding areas are nice for treks
  • We have taken several groups of visitors to the center, and everyone has been delightfully surprised. There is a wealth of information on the displays, without being too much to take in. On top of that, staff at the center are uniformly pleasant, friendly and helpful.
  • Great place to visit with children. The site which used to be the bottom of the ocean has actual fossils for them to discover. It is also a place where tectonic plates meet!! We also did a great activity where they made their own fossils. but would advise going only when the weather is cooler. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable which comes through when they show and tell visitors about their fossil collection. Bring a hat and be ready to walk in some sand and rocks.

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