As a Sharjawi (Sharjah resident, I am in no way a football fan), I recall constantly complaining, as have others, about how we don’t have enough malls in Sharjah or how our malls aren’t as top notch as those of Dubai, or how we live in far proximity to all the good malls, etc.
Few weeks ago, my biology class and I went on an excursion to the Sharjah Natural History Museum and Wildlife Park to undertake research on our current unit of inquiry. Honestly speaking, I didn’t expect much; I thought it would be drab and dull. I merely considered it as an opportunity to miss out on 5 hours of schoolwork.
Least to say, I was proven wrong. I was enthralled by its world-class facilities, its interactive features and displays, life-like models and numerous artifacts all laid out in a comprehensive and well-organized manner. It was somewhat similar, if not completely identical to the Natural History Museums of Hong Kong, Munich and Kuala Lumpur that I previously visited during my travels.
However, what it lacked was a) our interest and b) adequate marketing strategies as their current marketing strategies aren’t very youth/ local oriented; as opposed to its previously mentioned counterparts, which were literally filled to the brim with locals and youth.
I do not claim that I regularly visit museums nor do I claim that I am not a frequent mall visitor. Also, keep in mind that I do not intend to discourage you from visiting malls. The point I am trying to make is that, we should create a balance in our lives; for every couple of visits we make to a mall, the next visit we make should be to a park, museum or the beach. For what benefit could we possibly gain if all our outings are at malls? Based on experience, none. Zero. Except for a couple of good books of course.
Let me share with you a funny incident that caused me to remember that trip with fondness and a bucket full of giggles. Upon the completion of our tour, I was casually walking around the cafeteria, having my ice cream, only to be stopped by a 4 years old boy who appeared to have wanted to shake my hand, as apparent by his stretched hand. Consequently, I extended my hand to greet him, only to be dumbfounded by him as he snatched the ice cream from my hand and shared his treasure with three other friends.
Museums aren’t always boring, hey, such incidents might happen to you as well.
Latest posts by Omar Al Owais (@OMSAlowais) (see all)
- A Glimpse Into The First Official Youth Cirlce (@EmiratesYouth) - May 19, 2016
- Mental Health Stigma in the UAE - April 14, 2016
- Outsourced Parenting - February 28, 2016