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Al Mahatta Museum

About The Museum

Al Mahatta Museum first opened its doors on March 14, 2000.

Why visit the Museum?

It was the first airport in the region, built in 1932 and then turned into a museum highlighting the history of flight in the UAE and the region. It is an important landmark due to its unique collectibles that narrate the history of aviation from man's first attempts to fly, to landing on the moon.

Explore the history of flight at the first airport in the UAE

The airport was used in 1930s as a staging post for commercial flight routes from Britain to India. From man's first attempts to fly to landing on the moon, explore the history of flight and the development of aviation in this region at this museum, which is located in Sharjah's first airport building. Watch an interesting film about the daily life at the airport and in Sharjah Town during the 1930's and experience first-hand this fascinating period of Sharjah's history. The original propeller planes, fully restored, stand guard in the hangar alongside the original refueling tanker.

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Location :
Al Mahatta Museum is located in Al Mahatta area, opposite Al Qasimya District in Sharjah, behind The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
Opening Hours :
Saturday to Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Timings are subject to change during public holidays and Ramadan.
The Museum is closed on the following occasions:
  • 29th Ramadan ( Islamic calendar)
  • First day of Eid Al-Fitr ( Islamic calendar)
  • First day of Eid Al Adha ( Islamic calendar)
Entry Fees to the museum
Children (under 2 years): Free
Children (2-12years): 5.00AED
Adults (13+ years): 10.00AED
Government school trips: Free
Private school trips: Free
Senior (60+): Free
People with Disabilities: Free

The museum entry is free during the following:
  • In memory of the first airplane to land in Sharjah (Hanno) 5th October
  • Martyr's Day
  • UAE National Day on 2nd December
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