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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.By using our Sharjah journey planning site, you can arrange your visit to Mleiha Archaeological Centre and other attractions in Sharjah.
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 was developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).
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We did the Mleiha Landscapes 1-hour excursion in a Dune Buggy. We had a great experience. The ride was exhilarating and the driver took amazing photos of us. Highly recommend!
We did the Mleiha Landscapes 1-hour excursion in a Dune Buggy. We had a great experience. The ride was exhilarating and the driver took amazing photos of us. Highly recommend! more »
We did the one-hour Mleiha Landscapes dune bashing rides. Thier were 5 of us in 2 dune buggies. The drivers were friendly and very safety minded. It was a real trill to go out in the dunes. Would...
We did the one-hour Mleiha Landscapes dune bashing rides. Thier were 5 of us in 2 dune buggies. The drivers were friendly and very safety minded. It was a real trill to go out in the dunes. Would... more »
Exceptional. One of the best museums I've been to in UAE and possibly the world. Good level of detail, and beautifully developed centre. You can then go and self-drive around the actual archaeological sites and see it all for real. Cafe was also excellent, very good quality food and nice options available. Generous portions.
What a fabulous idea of bringing history to life. Ivan had patience and knowledge and made the workshop fun and interactive. There was an exhibition before that and we came back with our own casts of fossils. Will go back when the weather is cooler so you can go to the site and look for real fossils. What fun.
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