Five Fun Facts About Al Noor Island
Wouldn't your kids love to play amidst exotic butterflies, waterfalls and lagoons? Imagine libraries with your favourite books of poetry, forests filled with magical trees and sap that's worth its weight in gold. Across the bridge from Sharjah, there’s an island that feels right out of a fairytale. But on Al Noor Island, fact is better than fiction. Here's a five fun facts about that mystical place.
Beauty and the Butterflies
Al Noor's Butterfly House is one of the islands most visited attractions. Using the pattern of the flower of life in the exterior of the building, architects ergonomically engineered the roof to let in light and retain humidity as well as create a sanctuary for all kinds of butterflies. The flower of life is a form of sacred geometry, formed of interconnected circles that represent not only flowers, but all of creation.
A Place for Book Lovers
If you’re a bookworm or if you’re a poet, (even if you don’t know it), there’s an entire pavilion given over to literature on Al Noor. What’s more, the Literature Pavilion has been dedicated to H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi. And we know how much Sheikh Sultan III loves literature.
Have you ever heard of a dragon’s blood tree? Its official name is Dracaena draco,and some say sap helps heal skin and speed up recovery from wounds. You’ll find a few of those trees made of dragon’s blood on Al Noor Island. But don’t steal the sap! It was once believed to be as valuable as gold.
Or, have you heard of the stone tree? It weighs as much as a grown-up elephant. Phew. That’s heavy for a tree.
Just as incredible as the stone tree and the dragon’s blood tree is the silk floss tree. There are four of them on Al Noor. In Asia, people have used the silk floss tree to make paper, canoes and cotton-like fibres. How magical is that?
Mirroring All Life
There’s also a Torus sculpture on the island. Polishers buffed its surface for six whole weeks to make it shiny enough to reflect the world around it. Talk about a photo-op. You can even take a selfie of yourself taking a selfie in the Torus sculpture. Or perhaps you might get a glimpse into eternity.
Get Lost and Be Found
One of the most magnificent things about Al Noor is the garden maze. You’ll get lost in a pattern of leaves, flowers and trees with the purpose of finding the centre of it all. Apparently, a garden maze a metaphor for searching for the truth. We all need a little to search for the centre now and again.