Step inside: The Flying Saucer reopens in Sharjah

On Saturday, 26 September 2020, The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) reopened the newly renovated Flying Saucer to the public. The Huntr’s contributing editor Zeashan was there to capture all of the action…

The iconic structure was constructed in the late 70s and has held all kinds of identities since then. Depending on what generation you belong to, you’ll remember this place once used to be Al Maya Lal’s Supermarket (in the 80s), Sharjah Cooperative Society (in the 90s), and a popular branch of Taza Chicken (in the 2000s).

The building was acquired by the Foundation in 2012 and was used as an exhibition venue since 2015. In 2018, SAF began a renovation project to restore it to its original silhouette and introduce modifications to the space to serve The Flying Saucer’s new role as a community hub and resource. The addition of ‘The Platform’, an extension of the building outdoors, serves as a public space, which will host social events, public performances, and installations. The second addition is the gorgeous ‘Launch Pad’ – located underground, which houses a curated library, an open cafe, and rooms for hosting meetings and workshops. Overlooking the space is ‘The Green Crater’, a sunken courtyard housing lush vegetation and filling the rest of the area with natural light.

The Flying Saucer is free to access and open to all. Check out our exclusive picture gallery below, now…

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Photography and words by Zeashan Ashraf exclusively for The Huntr