This is so cool…

Summer is starting to creep in, and while we’d be the first to try anything to avoid the warmer weather, we’d probably stop short at installing a room in our flat with a built-in rain machine.

That’s essentially what the new Rain Room at Al Majarah, near Buhaira Corniche in Sharjah is – a permanent art installation that uses 1,200 litres of recycled self-cleaning water to create a near-constant downpour.

We say ‘near-constant’ because, thanks to a bevy of sensors and motion triggers that react to movement, the rain pauses as you walk through the room, making it so that you don’t ever actually get wet. How cool is that?

Created by Random International in association with the Sharjah Art Foundation, the room was inaugurated by HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, with a walkthrough on Sunday.

Originally launched at the Barbican in London in 2012, the Rain Room has done stints in New York, Shanghai and Los Angeles, receiving rave reviews by art lovers, and will now be permanently housed here in the UAE.

It’s already a massive hit on social media, making for pretty some instagrammable photo ops:

Al Majarah, near Buhairah Corniche, Sharjah, Saturday to Thursday 9am to 9pm, Friday 4pm to 11pm, Dhs25 for adults Dhs15 for students and teachers Free for under 5s. Tel: (06) 544 4113.

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