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Five hidden gems of Sharjah

The UAE is made up of seven emirates; each with its own personality and charm. One such example is the emirate of Sharjah, it caters to people with different interests such as music, art, science and nature. Sara Al Madani, Board Member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry shares her top five hidden gems of Sharjah:

Meliha Archaeological Centre (Meliha desert)
Launched just a few months ago, the Archaeological Centre is a place where both adults and kids can go and learn the history of the region. Activities at the centre include - paragliding and paramotoring, star gazing, overnight camping and much more. For coffee lovers, there’s a Bistro café overlooking the spectacular Fossil Rock.

Sharjah Art Foundation
Located in Sharjah’s historical Art and Heritage Area. Visitors can enjoy film screenings, performances, music as well as extensive art education programs for every age.

Noor Island
Located near Buhaira Corniche, Noor Island promises to be the first island in the region to fuse nature, entertainment and art all under one roof. It has numerous attractions such as the Butterfly House, with around 500 exotic butterflies from the East Asian region, as well as a café for you to unwind and a literature pavilion for book lovers. The perfect place to relax with friends on a weekend!

Muwailih Road
Located near University City, and home to some of the most amazing F&B startups, it’s a food lover’s paradise. Startups such as Paperfig, Zawaya Cafe, Mochi Ice Cream, Monkey Cookies, Felix and Norton, are all lined up on this street. Tasty and economical – this is a must-visit.

Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences
The centre is located in Muwailih Commercial, near Sharjah University City. It has numerous attractions such as: Planetarium, Astronomy Exhibition, Space Exhibition, Exhibition of the Universe in the Holy Qur’an, Astronomical Observatory and a Cosmic Park. This is the perfect place for a SCI-FI Fanatic and a great family edutainment outing.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 13:43

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The Skellig Ring in Ireland is one of the top regions in the world for 2017

The Skellig Ring drive, on the southwestern tip of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, has been named one of the top regions in the world for travelers in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” yearbook.

The Skellig Ring is a coastal drive that is an extension of the famous Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way – described as “perhaps Ireland’s most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline”.

Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a “remote, wave-pounded hunk of rock rising out of the Atlantic like a giant triangle,” made the new Star Wars location list. As the book recognizes, “Glimpsed at the end of The Force Awakens, Skellig Michael will play a bigger role in this year’s sequel and local businesses are gearing up for the expected visitor bump”.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 19:36

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Beautiful Qurans on display in the United States

The first major exhibition of Qurans in the U.S., “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” opened at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22 2016. If you are planning a trip to Washington DC over the next few months be sure to visit as the exhibition runs thru Feb. 20, 2017.

The exhibition has been organized by the Smithsonian’s Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul. It features more than 60 Qurans, among the most important ever produced from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, including works from the permanent collection of the Freer and Sackler galleries plus a number of long-term loans.

Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, the manuscripts span almost 1,000 years of history—from eighth-century Damascus, Syria, to 17th-century Istanbul.

This landmark exhibition tells the individual stories of some of these extraordinary manuscripts, their makers and their owners. Visitors will learn how the Qur’an was transformed from an orally transmitted message into a fixed text, transcribed and illuminated by some of the most skilled artists of the Islamic world and treasured and disseminated by sultans and viziers over centuries.

Koç Holding is the exhibition’s principal sponsor, with additional support provided by Turkish Airlines, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, and Aydin Doğan Foundation. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:28

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Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island to feature world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, CLYMB

CLYMB, a 100-million-dollar indoor attraction, which will include the world’s widest flight chamber and tallest indoor climbing wall is being built at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Visitors to the flight chamber will be able to mimic the experience of skydiving within an unmatched width of 9.75 meters(32 feet); making it the world’s widest.

CLYMB will also feature the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall at a height of 43 meters. The climbing walls offer a challenge to beginner, intermediate and expert climbers as they will have the chance to scale 4 walls of varying difficulty. The tallest expert-level wall will tower 43 meters above the ground.

Alongside the flight chamber and climbing wall, CLYMB will include retailers, food and beverage outlets, and a space to host parties. The attraction Which is expected to be ready by 2018 will also be linked to the nearby Yas Mall, connecting CLYMB with even more of Yas Island’s entertainment and leisure offerings.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 October 2016 23:58

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Qatar Airways to host FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi FC in Doha

Qatar Airways will unite two football giants – Europe’s FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi FC – for a friendly match in Doha. The football giants, both sponsored by Qatar Airways, will play a friendly match in Thani Bin Jassim Stadium (Al-Gharrafa Stadium) on Tuesday, 13 December, 2016.

The announcement is certain to attract a large number of fans from both clubs, especially from nearby Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-based Al-Ahli club, who are eager to witness this unique match of champions.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are proud to bring together two champions of football to play in Doha, to showcase not only their athletic excellence but also Doha’s extraordinary sports infrastructure.

“Our relationship with FC Barcelona began in 2013, and since then we have doubled the frequency of our flights to Barcelona and Madrid. During our Al-Ahli sponsorship, we have increased our services to Jeddah and Madinah. Fans of both teams can travel to Doha for the match in December, or travel directly to the clubs’ home ground for matches, with more flight options making their journeys easier.”

Qatar Airways encourages football fans to stay tuned to its social media channels for information on how to buy tickets.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 October 2016 23:06

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Thailand in mourning after death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

After the passing away of Thailand's monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country is in mourning. All concerts and entertainment events have been canceled for the remainder of 2016. Even the famous Chiang Mai’s Yi Peng Festival, the annual sky lantern festival has been canceled.

 

Travelers planning to visit Thailand should check before heading there.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 12:46

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