Mleiha Archaeological Centre

Mleiha Archaeological Centre

Mleiha Archaeological Centre
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Zia R.
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It was our first time in Dubai last month and we wanted an experience different from the usual attractions in the city and "touristy" deserts. We availed the Mleiha Adventure Package and I can definitely say, it has been one unique experience. The booking process was smooth, with the staff being very helpful and accommodating to our queries. We started with a short but interesting tour in the museum with an excellent guide, followed by an off road visit to some of the archeological sites. We then got to explore the desert while in an adrenaline pumping SUV ride with an experienced and courteous driver. We got to view the beautiful sunset in the desert, then we were brought to the sunset lounge which was set up with a beautiful and relaxing ambiance. As we waited for dinner to be served, cold drinks and hot tea was made available for us to drink whenever we like. There was even a small archery area. Dinner was delicious and overflowing, we even got to take some leftovers home. Finally, after our guide patiently waited for us to finish dinner, we were given the chance to see the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter through a telescope, which is amazing as never in my life would I have expected to see the details of Jupiter and Saturn's rings with my own eyes (and not in a picture). Overall, this experience has definitely been worth the money and should be on everyone's list of things to do while in Dubai/ Sharjah.
Written September 29, 2021
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Dear Zia_Travels09, Thank You for your kind words and detailed review. It really was our pleasure to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Hope to see you again when you next visit the U.A.E.
Written October 13, 2021
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Veronica Smulders
Dubai, United Arab Emirates176 contributions
We visited the Mleiha archaeological centre a couple of times.

First, we visited the museum which was a great introduction to the area. The museum is organised by eras, and the description in each exhibit is sufficient to understand it. The exhibits are well done and it provides very good insights about life in ancient times and the relevance of the findings.

Although the information in each exhibit is sufficient and clear you can also book a guided tour on request at the reception.

In addition to the museum, you can also explore the Mleiha area. There are remains of tombs and caves which are accessible by car and well signed. Our favourite was the valley of caves. The kids found them incredible!

During our second visit we booked a premium fossil excavation expedition which started with a workshop about fossils and the techniques to create replicas. The workshop was led by an expert (Mr Pravu) who was able to engage the kids and kept them interested. The workshop is also practical, so everyone gets the chance to create their own fossil replica and take them back home with them.

Following the workshop, you are taken to the mountain area where you can hunt for real fossils in the area, An experience we truly recommend. The kids were thrilled to spot them and we all had a wonderful time. The surroundings are breathtaking.

We will definitely be back to experience more in this fabulous area (hidden gem)

Veronica
Written February 13, 2021
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CroydonFernandes
Dear Veronica, Thank you for your excellent feedback about Mleiha, we are very glad you had a wonderful experience with us. We do hope to see you again in the future!
Written April 1, 2021
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Clémence C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates132 contributions
The experience at Meliha Archaeological Centre started with the breath taking archaeological site, followed by a sunset drinks and dinner in a private camp in the middle of the desert. The view of the mountains is unique.

We faced an issue with our booking thus I advise that you book way in advance if you wish a tour of the archeological site (the caves and Stone Age are the best to see) or do any activities such as horse riding. We did the stars gazing with Anurag and, Shihab organized a delicious dinner for us at the camp.

On another note, I would strongly recommend Mleiha camp to reduce plastic and offer wooden/paper packaging as we felt overwhelm with all the plastic boxes where the food was served at the camp.

Thanks again to Anurag and Shihab for making this experience amazing.

Clemence Cazeau
Written April 18, 2021
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Dear Clémence C, Thank you for your detailed review about your experience with us at Mleiha - we will work hard to improve our services based on the feedback you have provided including reducing the use of single-use plastics. We do hope you will return to Mleiha in the future for an even better experience!
Written June 20, 2021
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Martin H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates18 contributions
We stopped here for lunch on the way back from a hike and I was super impressed. When we walked in a guide was talking to a group of engrossed kids about how saber tooth tigers used to catch their prey (with a skull as a prop) and we walked through to the cafe which was clear and airy, with a small play area. The menu was quite varied with breakfast things, a kids section, and a range of sandwiches/salads etc. I was very impressed with the quality of our food which was reasonably priced. I think that AED24 for a large bottle of still water was a bit much, but we learned that you can order a pitcher of water with cucumber/lemon for AED14 which is much better. The coffee was also very good (in an area without many options). We didn't visit the museum but will definitely come back.
Written August 23, 2020
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Fahad of Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates138 contributions
Family
One of the most wonderful and unforgettable places. An amazing archaeological center in which you can see the traces of life thousands of years ago. They also have a special entertainment program, especially for families, that includes safari tours around the archaeological sites and a site to see the magical sunset over the golden sand dunes. Then go to a wonderful desert camp surrounded by fire torches. It includes a Bedouin tent, fire place, and great hospitality includes warm welcome, tea and coffee and delicious barbecue dinner. Moreover, there is a beautiful activity, which is stargazing through a telescope provided by the center, which makes children enjoy more.
I like to thank all staff in the centre who made the program unforgettable and for their politeness. And special thank to Mr. Omar the safari driver for his professional driving in the desert and for his tour guiding and to Mr. Zafrulla, the camp attendant, for his camp arrangements and hospitality.
I recommend all UAE visitors who like to experience desert life to arrange visit to Mlieha archeological centre
Written January 29, 2020
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Valquiria J
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4 contributions
Friends
I visited the museum yesterday and I was very impressed with the customer experience. If you are interested about fossils ask for Nirmal Rajah, he was so passionate about them and taught us about all the types of fossils in the region. He even invited us to go to his office and showed us his personal collection of fossils. A whole lecture! I highly recommend this museum if you want to know more about the development of the Arabian peninsula and the early human settlers of the region. Good for a day trip from Dubai.
Written September 19, 2020
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CroydonFernandes
Dear Valquiria J, Thank you for your review, we are glad to know that you had a nice time at our museum, we would love to see you again at Mleiha.
Written October 8, 2020
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DOtieno
OffRoad-Zone, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
I called Mleiha to inquire about a customized event for my clients and I was assisted by Jacquiline. It was for the 10th year anniversary of the company. She is very professional and detailed especially in providing us with our requests, from scheduling the campsite inspection, arranging a particular food that we requested. The setup at the camp is really beautiful and amazing from the stage set up, red carpet, screen, projector, and speakers. All in all, Jacque and her team gave the extra mile in providing 100 % customer satisfaction. Would look forward to working with her in the future.
Written October 19, 2021
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Dear DOtieno, Congratulations on the 10th year anniversary! Thank you for your kind words and appreciation. We have passed on your feedback to Ms. Jacquiline and the rest of the team as well. We look forward to hosting future events for you!
Written October 20, 2021
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MMT
1 contribution
Family
Perseids meteor shower - the event was organized well by the center.. the food the carpet and pillow arrangements was well done. While waiting for the meter shower was long, the team kept the audience engaged with presentations, moon and planet watching. Thank you to Jackie for arranging the tickets and providing all the directions and instructions.
Written August 13, 2021
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Dear MMT-Trips, Thank you for your review and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our Perseids Meteor Shower event. Stay tuned on our Instagram @discovermleiha to get the latest updates on our future events. We hope to see you again at Mleiha Archaeological Centre.
Written September 19, 2021
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Jeff J
Redding, CT21 contributions
Couples
My wife and I were pleasantly surprised to find such a professional and modern museum. Abdullah was exceptionally warm and took a lot of time to tour us through the museum and give us a lot of extra context. It’s worth the drive from Dubai. Their cafe is wide and bright with great juice tea coffee and sweets options. Give it a try.
Written August 21, 2020
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DanielTakacs
Dubai, United Arab Emirates56 contributions
Couples
One of the best desert experience we ever had. Everything was smoothly organized and we welcomed by Ayoub and many other staff. Our driver Usman took well care of us and showed every small little detail in the desert which normally you would never notice. He also ushered and waited for us patiently whenever we wanted to take pictures or we went for horse riding. Thank you Usman 🙏🏻 Then Ayoub showed us around the museum, he was apologetic because he usually does Arabic tours but I have to tell you, it was one of my best tour guide ever! Thank you for the great back stories and your knowledge of the local history

I would love to give 5 star plus for the whole place because I never expected such a warm hospitality in the middle of the dessert, the coffee shop also serving nice, third wave coffees and delicious food. Thank you for that amazing weekend experience and thank Ajmal also for you to organizing everything in such a short notice and even if you were not there on our visit, made sure that everything fine. Thank you for all of you!
Written January 29, 2021
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CroydonFernandes
Dear Daniel, Thank you for your excellent feedback about Mleiha, we are very glad you had a wonderful experience with us. We do hope to see you again in the future!
Written April 1, 2021
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  • Thu - Fri 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Wed 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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