SHARJAH, 2nd June, 2017 (WAM) — Residents and visitors in the UAE who are fascinated by the country’s rich history and wish to learn more about its early civilisations will be greatly rewarded with a trip to Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-Tourism, a premier tourism and leisure destination from the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq.
Mleiha was established to cater to the increasing demand for new vacation and excursion experiences. It was conceived to offer a premium educational experience by showcasing Sharjah’s rich history and revealing the significant impact that early man has made in the region.
“Mleiha provides an unrivalled glimpse into man’s earliest activities, stretching as far back as 130,000 years ago. The site offers a unique learning experience that takes visitors back through the millennia, to reveal mankind’s first footprints in the region. Mleiha’s first-class facilities combine the best aspects of an interactive classroom with those of an immersive field trip and its array of eclectic activities, serving up authentic experiences, will be remembered for a lifetime by its visitors,” said Mahmoud Rashid Al Suwaidi, Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-Tourism Manager.
A central element of Mleiha’s many archaeological amenities and historical sites is the Mleiha Archaeological Centre, which displays the story of the UAE’s earliest ancestors who settled in the region and laid the country’s earliest foundations.
The Mleiha Archaeological Centre is designed as a place where archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers and students can learn more about archaeology, human development and the formation of early society.
Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-Tourism emphasises the role of its Education Division, which frequently organises educational tours that are specifically designed for students from schools, colleges and universities.
While focussing on archaeology, history and anthropology and tailoring its tours for different ages and levels of education, Mleiha seeks to enhance the learning experience of students by creating an interactive and engaging learning environment. Throughout the year, Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-Tourism participates in exhibitions, events and conferences.
Mleiha’s “Night-Time Escape” packages offer even more after-dark education, including trekking and stargazing, with all visitors provided with private classes in natural history and astronomy as part of the experience. Visitors who wish to enjoy the wonders of the night-time sky and gain a deeper understanding of our place in the galaxy can also enjoy an unparalleled nocturnal experience at its “Sunset Lounge” or through its overnight camping activities.
The Archaeological Tour is one of its most popular packages where visitors are guided around the various outdoor zones in Mleiha, with explanations on the historical significance of each site.
“Mleiha’s employees have been carefully selected based on their education, skills and their knowledge of archaeology, culture, natural history, palaeontology and astronomy. We currently have English-speaking and Arabic-speaking guides, all of whom are highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable about the site, its heritage and its unique stories,” Al Suwaidi added.