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Rain Room Brings Fun, Attractions to Sharjah, UAE

Nur'deen Olaitan

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Sharjah rain of love

 

Visitors to the newly opened Rain Room in Sharjah, UAE, can now enjoy a rain-like downpour — without getting wet.

The surreal experience is made possible by motion sensors that hold back the nonstop ‘rain’ where visitors stand or walk. You can even hold out your arms or take a selfie without getting wet, if you do it a bit slower than usual. This is another step in tourism taken by the United Arab Emirates, this time not in Dubai.

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The arrangement means you are continuously, and closely, surrounded by falling water wherever you are and wherever you move inside the installation, located besides Al Majarrah Park, off Al Sharq Street.

 

The arrangement means you are continuously, and closely, surrounded by falling water wherever you are and wherever you move inside the installation, located besides Al Majarrah Park, off Al Sharq Street.

 

The unique new attraction was inaugurated on Sunday, just before the Holy Month, by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of Shaikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, president of Sharjah Art Foundation.

 

In a statement, Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, founders of Random International, said: “That Rain Room has found a permanent home at Sharjah Art Foundation is a humbling thought. The organisation [Sharjah Art Foundation] is unparalleled in its approach to art, exhibition-making and relationships with a wider public audience.”

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The ruler of Sharjah taking shots in the rain

Regarding the wider significance of Sunday’s inauguration, Shaikha Hoor said: “Over the years, we have exhibited a number of large-scale immersive installations through the Sharjah Biennials and our regular exhibitions programme, but this is the first of a series of projects that are planned as permanent works in locations across the Emirate.”

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Nur'deen Olaitan, a Linguist from University of Ilorin. Passionate about sport, travelling, writing, & politics. He puts humanity above anyone or anything. He hold honesty and integrity in high esteem.Reach him via nakata@newsliveng.com

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