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
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,
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 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
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.