May, 2024

Mleiha – The Magic sea of Heritage in the Desert

Sharjah/ Naseel Voici: Most of us remember the excitement of visiting archaeological sites when we were children, an activity which is unarguably one of the most enriching and humbling for human communities around the world. Sharjah’s premier archaeological and eco-tourism project, Mleiha, offers visitors an unforgettably authentic journey back in time where we can explore what the Emirati lifestyle would have been up to 130,000 years ago. It’s Just 55 km to the east of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Mleiha will tell you many million-year-old stories. The 125,000-hectare area of Mleiha displays evidence of findings from the late Iron Age, the Hellenistic and post-Hellenistic periods. One will find the ancient ruins and burial sites that date back to BC.

According to archaeologists, Mleiha was an essential part of trade routes. It was in contact with other civilizations in the Mediterranean, South Asia and Mesopotamia, the southern, northern and eastern parts of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as Eastern Arabia.

It is also a magic door to the desert retreats. From the magic of the setting sun over rolling dunes to the mysteries of the cosmos in a cloud-free sky, Mleiha offers a unique chance to rest, relax and reflect. For those looking to enjoy a relaxing escape for the entire family and friends, the Sunset Lounge next to the Fossil Rock also begins with a breath-taking sunset view, followed by a trek around the rock and a barbeque dinner under the stars with a stargazing experience. to discover deep space objects and galaxies. Although the four-hour package includes a short off-road dune drive, more adventurous desert explorers can enhance their experience with a thrilling buggy night adventure.

The Overnight Camp is a true escape-from-it-all journey, including a magical night camping under the stars. It is the perfect getaway for those seeking an authentic desert experience, with a trip deep into the dunes, and a chance to explore in details the night sky. The sunrise is accompanied with a delicious breakfast included in the package.

For those captivated by the secrets of the universe, the Stargazing Experience offers guests an enlightening night studying distant galaxies, satellites and planets including Mars, Jupiter and the moon depending on their availability in the night sky.

Mleiha also have horse riding experiences. It doesn’t matter if you have never climbed a horse or are an experienced equine rider; Mleiha has designed a tour to fit every adventurer’s needs and aspirations.

45- to 60-minute desert hacks suitable for all ages above 10 years; first-time and novice riders will be assisted by expert guides on their explorations of the stunning Mleiha landscapes, ripe with unspoiled natural beauty and bits of the region’s 200-year-old history waiting to be discovered every step of the way.

Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project is a premier tourism and leisure destination being developed in multiple phases by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in the UAE.

How to reach:

Mleiha is located south of Al Dhaid near Jebel Fayah, around 55km southeast of Sharjah city. The archaeological centre offers return transfers from Sharjah or Dubai for those without access to a transport. Website:

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