Sheikh Abdullah al-Salem Cultural Centre
Sheikh Abdullah al-Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) in Maidan Hawally is one of the world’s largest cultural complexes, incorporating over 1,100 exhibits and comprising six museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Space Museum, the Arabic Islamic Science Museum, the Fine Arts Centre and the external spaces known as the Public Realm. The Arab Islamic Science Museum is especially interesting in that it takes visitors on an enlightening journey into 700 years of fascinating developments within the sciences and arts. With exhibits featuring astronomy, geography, geometry, medicine, physics, mineralogy, engineering and architecture, the museum highlights crucial discoveries made in the Islamic world, which were then transmitted to Europe where they were adopted and assimilated. There are also a number of cafés and gift shops on the site.