The Dh80 million Noor Island in Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah has been opened, according to Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).
The 45,470 square meter Island is designed and developed to include landscaped areas, innovative architecture and multi-media experiences. Atmospheric lighting, the subtle lighting of island features with LEDs and other light installations, bring the island to life at night. A number of art installations from around the world provide further inspiration for visitors, including the ‘OVO’, ‘Torus’ and various light paintings visible after dark.
The island houses Butterfly House and has an ornamentally perforated shadow roof inspired by ornate Arab windows (mashrabiya) with the aviary housing as many as 500 butterflies.
Butterfly species include the African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus), the Autumn Leaf (Doleschallia bisaltide) from India and the Common Rose swallow-tail butterfly (Pachliopta aristolochiae), which is found across South East Asia and is known for its bright colouration and unique pattern of its wings.
Visitors can also visit the Literature Pavilion, where they can relax, read, take in the beauty of nature around them. The island features a 3,500 meter long walkway which takes visitors through the miniature gardens to key facilities, whilst allowing them to take in the peaceful setting and view outdoor art attractions.
The Island is accessible via a decorative bridge located behind the Al Noor Mosque, off Sharjah’s Corniche Street. Al Noor Island is open to the public from 9 am to 11 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 12 am on weekends. The Butterfly House closes at 6pm.
Shurooq has developed tourism and leisure attractions such as Al Qasba, Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Montazah – Amusement and Water Park, The Flag Island and Heart of Sharjah.