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 was developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

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  • I’ve attended a stargazing event with Mleiha Archeological Center last week. I wish my high school teacher could explain astrology in such an easy and an interesting way as it was done by Prabhu. It.....  more
    I’ve attended a stargazing event with Mleiha Archeological Center last week. I wish my high school teacher could explain astrology in such an easy and an interesting way as it was done by Prabhu. It.....  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • The biggest skip in time! Lovely atmosphere! Beautiful panoramic windows coffee shop. I just love this modern ancient place to find peace of mind I recommend everyone to attend to new experiences 🤩

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