Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Sharjah

#2 of 22 in Museums in Sharjah
Must see · History Museum · Museum
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 is developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).
By using our Sharjah journey planning site, you can arrange your visit to Mleiha Archaeological Centre and other attractions in Sharjah.
Create an itinerary including Mleiha Archaeological Centre
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Mleiha Archaeological Centre reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 5.0
272 reviews
  • Our stargazing guide Normil was an excellent host. His passion for astronomy was obvious, and his enthusiasm of the subject made it exciting for all members of our family. We had a bite at the...  more »
  • We visited the Mleiha archaeological centre a couple of times. First, we visited the museum which was a great introduction to the area. The museum is organised by eras, and the description in each...  more »
  • Serene place. Variety of adventurous packages available. Camping, trekking, sunset lounge! A must visit place for archaeological lovers.
  • The place is very interesting to visit, and it’s underrated, tourists don’t come here often but people who visit Mleiha should come here. The only reason I am not giving this a 5 star is because younger kids wouldn’t particularly enjoy this.
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance