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Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife

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By the early 1990’s His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah had recognised the need to implement strong environmental policies, ensuring better protection for the regions unique Fauna and Flora. To achieve this the Sharjah Government ordered the construction of the Sharjah Desert Park to educate the people about the extraordinary biodiversity that the region processes and to address the unique conservation issues facing Arabia’s wildlife.

In realisations of his dream, work started on the Sharjah Desert Park with the first two facilities, the Sharjah Natural History Museum and Children's Farm, being completed in 1996. Work then began on the BCEAW and finally Arabia's Wildlife Centre, which opened in September 1999.


The BCEAW is closed to the public, but all three of the other facilities are open to the public and you can observe and study the Peninsula’s unique and diverse fauna from the comfortable surroundings at Arabia's Wildlife Centre (for more information please call +971 (0)6 531 1999.

Over the years the Breeding Centre has established strong ties with other facilities, institutes, government departments and field researchers, on both a regional and international scale. This cooperation has made it possible for environmental planning and management to be discussed cooperatively, rather than each area of responsibility being dealt with on an individual basis. This holistic approach has reaped great benefits for the wildlife and habitats of Arabia, with expertise and resources being shared amongst people with a common goal.

The Sharjah Desert Park is a 2 km2 fenced area, located approximately 25 km east of the city of Sharjah along the Al Dhaid Highway (E88) at interchange 9. As can be seen in the map below the Sharjah Desert Park is clearly visible from the sky because the fences have prevent the area from being over grazed, like much of the Emirates.

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