Sitting on the northern shores of Khalid Lagoon in the middle of Sharjah lies an island that was once deserted and a haven for crows. Not exactly what you would call ‘attractive’. But now, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has transformed the 45,470 square meter land into a beautiful attraction of nature, art and entertainment.
Once visitors approach the island, they will be granted access through the island’s pedestrian bridge with that costs 50dhs per head. For children 12 years and below, its free.
As the visitors head towards the island their eyes will inevitably be drawn towards the Butterfly House. A room that hosts a variety of butterflies that fly around freely. You’re not allowed to touch them but that doesn’t stop them from landing on top of your head. And that’s not all. The island is surrounded with nature and green with little fun scattered across the island like The Maze, which is a garden that lets you get lost easily and find your way back just the same. There is also a trampoline and a sitting area (Literary Pavilion), a beautifully designed resting spot, that allows you to relax for a few minutes before exploring the rest of the island. If you want to step out of the bustling city and breathe in some fresh air, this is your spot.
That said, don’t leave as soon as you finish because the main attraction comes towards the night. As the sun goes down and darkness takes over, the island is littered with brilliant lights. Trees, grass and the lot. It turns from a normal nature of trees to a magical forest world that resembles the one in Avatar. With various lights illuminating your dark path and the trees above you. It’s a sight to see and experience.
The best time to visit is during the months of November to Feb as the climate is cooler so you can take your time experiencing the wonder.
Click here for route map to Al Noor Island.
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