Sharjah’s lush visitor attraction in Khalid Lagoon has plenty to see and do – even as temperatures are climbing.
Here’s what you should check out at the 45,470 square metre Al Noor Island, designed by multimedia artist André Helle.
Did you know? More than 70,000 plants grow on the island, including the bismarckia nobilis palm, hibiscus rosa chinensis mix and acacia Arabica.
The 3,500-metre Al Noor walkway and an illuminated pedestrian bridge connect all the attractions. Watch out for where the paths turns into a bouncy trampoline that’s fun for big and little kids.
Lighting around the island changes with the time of day and become more intense at sunrise and sunset – also the cooler times to visit.
The Literature Pavilion
Catch up on a good book in the blossom-shaped Literature Pavilion. Rest and relaxation are promised in calm, cool surroundings.
The Butterfly House
Exotic butterflies from 22 different species come from different East Asian countries and South America to live out their lives and maybe appear in some of your social media snaps.
Grass, trees and sand make for an exciting place for kids to run wild.
See eight sculptures, including the egg-shaped OVO that combines wood, LED lighting and water and a play of light and reflections at Torus. We feel zen just looking at them.
Through green walls and flowing foliage, find your way to the centre and back out again.
The Gleaming Meadows
Best viewed after dark, this glowing flowerbed of 1,200 fibre-glass blossoms shift with synchronised changes of colour.
Whether you’re into learning about lepidoptery, seeing the stars, spotting feathered friends or stretching out at an alfresco yoga class, Al Noor Island has packages for all these special experiences and more, priced from AED 50-AED 150.
Getting from Sharjah to Dubai by bus is easy – Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a new bus service to meet increasing demand from riders. Six buses will run on the E311 route that runs from Rashidiya Metro Station in Dubai to Al Jubail Station in Sharjah.
To find out more or make a booking, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 06 506 7000. Al Noor Island is open weekdays 9am-11pm and weekends 9am-midnight. Entry to The Butterfly House is available from 9am-6pm. Entry to the island is AED 35 for adults and AED 20 for three-12s, without access to the Butterfly House, or AED 50 and AED 35 with. Under-threes are free. Al Noor Island, Sharjah.