Sharjah’s EPAA to open geological park in the Al Buhais area
The park will showcase the formation of the Hajar Mountain range, gravel plains, dunes, and the Arabian Gulf
Sharjah’s Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) has revealed on its Instagram account that it will open a geological park in Al Buhais – on the plains of the Al Madam area – on 20 January in order to introduce visitors and residents in the UAE to the geological importance of Jebel Buhais and its surrounding areas.
The park will include two archaeological sites that have contributed to the history of human settlement in the area, which dates back more than 125,000 years, the EPAA said in its statement.
The park will showcase the formation of geological features such as the Hajar Mountain range, gravel plains, dunes, and the Arabian Gulf.
Commenting on the opening of the park, EPAA chairperson, Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, said: “Jebel Buhais Geological Park was established to introduce visitors to Sharjah’s rich and ancient geological history. Stretching between the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, Sharjah’s mountains, alluvial fans and dunes offer glimpses into tectonic plates, the nature of the small peripheral plate, the formation of the ocean crust and the effects of climate change, landscape development and human migration.”
Al Suwaidi added, "Jebel Buhais, which rises approximately 340m above the neighbouring plains, is an important national site, especially as it has been a human settlement for thousands of years. In recent years, the slopes and surrounding area have been the site of archaeological excavations.”