Al Mahatta Museum, Sharjah

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The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) was established in 2006 by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as an independent government department.

Sharjah Museums includes 16 museums covering Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, marine life and the history of Sharjah and the region.

The purpose of the Sharjah Museums Department is to be a cultural beacon that enhances Sharjah’ s identity locally and internationally and contribute in nurturing a community aware of museums’ importance as a cultural, educational and enjoyable destination.
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  • The first airport in the Arabian Gulf, Mahattah was built by the Brits for their biplanes in 1932. Today its an aviation museum and well worth the visit - if the displays are a tad broken down (they h...  more »
  • The Al Mahatta Museum is unusual in that it has assembled the aod with its roof planes. Real restored. You can watch a documentary with the first flight from Croydon. Spectacular Bedouin population with national clothes. The history of aviation is here. Recommend.
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  • Nice place to know about aircraft design and mechanism of flying. Staff is very helpful. They let you enjoy the view of cockpit and explains the mechanism of flying through birds. Must go place with kids so that they can learn that too.
  • Great little museum, smack dab in the middle of Sharjah city. Based around the Mahatta airport which is obviously now unused after the city built up around it and the larger Sharjah international airport was built. The old fort and airport building was converted into an Airplane museum and should definitely be visited to get an idea of how quickly things have changed in the region. Following the Google map location, the museum is located behind an immigration building. There is free parking located in the complex, the security guard at the gate will allow you access to that as soon as you drive up to the gate. Ticket prices are minimal and once inside you will be ushered into the main hangar along with a guide. He/she won't do much more than point you in the right direction. The main hangar contains a mix of older aircraft with a Dehaviland Comet being the main draw. You can sit in it's cockpit and the interior seats of this ex gulf air aircraft. You will then be ushered through a long gallery of photos and a small aircraft themed museum. Finally if you ask you can be taken into a projection room with a video shot during the hay day of the airport and surrounds. Take a minute to see all the large buildings surrounding the museum and imagine how only 50 or slightly longer years ago none of what you see existed and how airplanes used to use this as a fuelling and overnight stop between flights travelling from England to the far East and beyond.
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