Fragments of decorated pottery have been found in excavations around Mleiha, dating back as far as 2 BC. In ancient cultures in the region, the decoration of pottery was traditionally done by women. Women skilled in pottery decoration were famous, and known by name. Al Faya lodge can also be seen as a site of change. Steeped in desert nomadic heritage this site served as an early inland traveling stop between Abu Dhabi and the Northern emirates. Over the years this stop has been pivotal for cross border journeys and has seen the change from Bedouin camel led caravans to motor vehicles as the key modes of transport. The remains of the UAE’s first petrol pump can be found at Mleiha; a testament to Sharjah’s rapid change, and the discovery of oil which has fuelled it.
The vast dunes of Mleiha call out to those seeking adventure. Put down that book and slip on something comfortable, as a whole host of activities await everyone from adrenaline junkies to history aficionados. Trek through the golden sands of the desert on the back of a majestic Arabian horse, or travel by foot, taking in the all-encompassing views. Take it up a notch with a cycling tour, or for those really looking to get their hearts racing, strap yourself into a dune buggy and speed off into the surrounding gulf. A must for every visitor is an archaeological tour of the area. Learn about the rich culture that surrounds you dating back to ancient times, through to the 60s and now the modern day.
At Al Faya lodge in Mleiha, one encounters deep history and a story of journey and change. Home to ancient civilizations and cultures, at Al Faya lodge one can explore Ancient Bedouin culture and trace the influence of other civilizations such as the Ancient Greeks and Romans – as uncovered through the numerous artefacts found there.View Lodge