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The splendors of Arab and Islamic sciences

Exploring ASCC

Photos by Shakir Reshamwala

The Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) is the largest museum complex in the world. It comprises of six museums related to natural history, science and technology, Arab and Islamic science and space. The center is home to some 22 world-class galleries, with over 3,000 exhibits.


The Arabic Islamic Science museum focuses on the Golden Age of Islam and the innumerable scientific, cultural and artistic contributions of Muslims and Arabs to modern-day science. The museum highlights their groundbreaking work and accomplishments, allowing visitors to reconnect with the inspirational message of Islam, which actively encourages scientific discovery.

The museum recognizes the work of Arab and Islamic scholars in the fields of exploration, medicine, astronomy and engineering. Visitors can see how scientific discoveries contributed to the architectural wonders of the Islamic world. In a unique exhibit, visitors can interact with the holograms of Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Biruni and other ancient polymaths.

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