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Encounter the relics of pre-Islamic history in the desert

Mleiha, a UNESCO-nominated World Heritage Site in the Central Region of the Sharjah map, is home to a number of significant sites, including Bronze Age tombs and pre-Islamic forts. Fascinating artifacts and fossils were discovered here, including pottery, iron tools and camel skeletons. The Mleiha Archaeological Centre, which opened in 2016, houses these discoveries and even more artifacts that uncover ancient UAE history.

The centre also offers a range of tours and activities. You can explore the archaeological sites or venture into the sand dunes with a desert safari. Alternatively, you can also try other desert adventures like riding a quad bike or dune buggy over the sand. If you prefer to go on foot, consider trekking to Camel Rock for an expansive view of the desert. The surrounding area is a beautiful location for a desert camp on soft dunes and under glittering night stars.

Destination Highlights

  • Visit Bronze Age tombs and pre-Islamic forts
  • See the wealth of historical artefacts at Mleiha Archaeological Centre
  • Trek to Camel Rock
  • Go desert cycling, paragliding or enjoy dune buggy rides
  • Take advantage of a selection of guided local tours

How to get there

Mleiha is located south of Al Dhaid near Jebel Fayah, around 65km southeast of Sharjah city. The archaeological centre offers return transfers from Sharjah or Dubai for those without access to a transport.

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