The Art Area, located in the heart of Sharjah city, is one of the most prominent cultural areas in the Sharjah emirate. Chosen by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi (Member of the Supreme Council & Ruler of Sharjah) for its historical and cultural significance, the art area grew over time into a vibrant center for the arts.
Renovation of the Al-Shuwaihiyeen area (12,000 square metres) into an art area took place during the years of 1993-1997 to emphasize the local architectural characteristics that reflect the important historical identity of the United Arab Emirates.
The Art Area functions under the Directorate of Art (Department of Culture & Information, Government of Sharjah) and covers many artistic and cultural institutions. The Directorate oversee the numerous artistic programs held in the Art Area that are dedicated to increasing artistic awareness by way of interactive and regular exhibitions, educational courses, seminars, discussions, workshops, lectures and publications