Environmental insights, artistic harmony and natural wonders

Sharjah’s Al Noor Island is one of the most relaxing and soothing locations in the UAE and houses one of the most spectacular attractions of its kind in the Arab World. The island’s unique Butterfly House is home to around 500 exotic species, providing families with the perfect opportunity to witness the magic of nature first hand.

As an introduction to the importance of cherishing their environment and understanding the importance of sustainability, the Butterfly House is the perfect platform for youngsters to appreciate the beauty of the world around them.

Brought in from around the world, families can enjoy the breathtaking colours and intricate wing details of several classes of the insects, including the ‘African Monarch’, the ‘Autumn Leaf’ and the ‘Rose Butterfly’ as they tour the venue.

Just a short walk to the other side of the island, visitors can enjoy an array of modern art pieces and contemporary architecture combined perfectly with traditional ornaments decorated with rich Arabic calligraphy, reflecting the Emirate of Sharjah’s commitment to cultural allegiance within a dynamic and progressive environment.

Eight unique sculptures by some of the world’s most famous artists including the egg-shaped OVO art installation, dot this peerless island, casting equal shadows of light and dark making the sunsets a truly inspirational time of day. And when nightfall finally arrives, the 45,000sqm Island also features a range light installations and LED displays that bring the island to life.

For lovers of the written word, there is also Literature Pavilion in an open seating area where avid readers can both find a source of peace and lose themselves in a book while easing back in the plush seating and plumped cushions.

In keeping with the island’s essence of the natural world, a giant forest-themed children’s play area and maze that is home to 72,000 plants and trees once again emphasises the importance of our surroundings.

Marwa Obaid Al Shamsi, Al Noor Island Manager said: “Nestled in the Khalid Lagoon, Al Noor is one of the region’s most valuable and dedicated advocates of the natural world. The setting is awe-inspiring, the facilities are world-class and the objectives of providing a tranquil haven from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoying the world around us are our number one priority.

“We are more than an attraction, we are a window into the world we live in, and a source of global insights.” ■