Sharjah Desert Park

What I originally wanted to write about on 18 February 2013 was our trip to the Farm last weekend but got side tracked when I did some research about my #sigelang slogan. (I must have undiagnosed ADD or some form of it…)

anyway, here is what it was suppose to be about

We brought the boys to a Farm in Sharjah inside the Sharjah Desert Park last weekend. For those of you afraid to drive to Sharjah (like we were) there is an alternative route to get to the farm without passing through the city. If anybody is from Sharjah I’m truly sorry but traffic in your area tends to be THE topic of conversation whenever the Emirate comes up. Anyway, it was about a 45 minute straight drive from where we lived passing through the E611(Dubai by-pass road) and then E88 (Al Daid road).

We came early, just as it has opened so it wasn’t crowded. A nice change from all the mall in Dubai.

The area itself is divided into 3 the Children’s Farm, Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, and Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden. The Wildlife Centre and the National Museum are both indoors so after walking around and seeing all the animals you don’t end up sticky and sweaty like when you go to the actual zoo. Arnie and I agree that this place is great to visit even in the summer when it’s really hot outside and we’re craving for some kind of outdoor activity.

The Children’s farm was great! Adrian loved every minute of it! He said “Hi!” to all the animals and fed them hay which was provided for and free! We think that the animals are so used to humans that when you approach their enclosure they even go up to where you are…so close that you can touch them and of course feed them. This alone got my vote as one of the top places to take your child in the UAE.

Hi Horse!

Hi scary Donkey!

feeding the goats

The Wildlife Centre did not allow any cameras inside so this is the only picture we have of it…but imagine seeing the animals in their natural habitat behind glass and you are in a AC building now isn’t that just great?

The Botanical Gardens were also ineresting since they mixed it up with science projects that you can play with and learn something. So, I think bringing the kids back here again when they’re a bit older will be great because they will be able to pick up something else.

All in all I think it’s a gem! In this country where malls are abound there are places like this that enables you to go outdoors (my definition) and bond with your family…

2 thumbs up from this happy mommy!

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