Ways to get Cultural in Sharjah this summer

WT Writer
Jul 1, 2019

Head indoors and delve into Sharjah’s vibrant culture and arts scene this summer

Known as the Cultural Capital of the Arab world, Sharjah is a dream destination for art and culture fans. Creative minds can embark on a journey of discovery to the emirate’s impressive museums and art galleries this summer.

Housed inside a former souk, the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation pays homage to the Islamic world. The story of its progression is told through thousands of artefacts gathered from around the globe. Start your tour in the Abu Bakr Gallery of Islamic Faith and learn more about the history of the Five Pillars of Islam, which is illustrated alongside rare historical Quran manuscripts. Next, stop by the Ibn Al-Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology, which showcases the achievements that have led to landmark advancements in Islamic society. 

Art fans will want to catch the first solo exhibition of the work of Andrew Stahl in the Middle East, which is running until 10 September at Al Hamriyah Studios. Presented by Sharjah Art Foundation, you can view large-scale figurative paintings dating back to the 1970s, as well as a sculpture made in situ.

Afterwards, cool off in the Rain Room in Al Majarrah. The London-born experiential art installation is now a permanent fixture that’s exclusive to the Middle East. Navigate through the dark room avoiding the downpour, as motion sensors trigger showers of recycled water. 

Also running this summer, the seventh addition of annual photography exhibition, Vantage Point Sharjah, is back from 8 July. This year, the foundation has expanded its reach to include the works of photographers around the globe, which are being exhibited at Sharjah Art Foundation’s Galleries 1 and 2 in Al Mureijah Square. 

If you want a more hands-on experience, we say head to Al Hamriya Art Centre and take a Naskh Calligraphy class where you’ll learn the how Arabic letters ascend and descend while creating a piece of cultural art to take home.

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