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Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn)

Sharjah Fort, which is also called Al Hisn, is a historic landmark built in 1823, located in the heart of Sharjah. It was Sharjah’s government headquarters and the residence of the ruling Al Qassimi family.

The Fort is a square-shaped construction, featuring a spacious yard in the middle. It consists of two main floors and three towers built for defensive purposes. When first built, it was considered the biggest and most important construction in Sharjah.

Once you step inside, you will get the opportunity to experience the modern history of Sharjah, learn about the ruling family, the history of the fort, the historic defense strategies, and Sharjah’s life 196 years ago.

You might also be interested to go back to 85,000 BCE and learn about Sharjah’s History.

Sharjah Fort is the most important heritage buildings in Sharjah’s history, which gives you the opportunity to explore the rooms of the Fort, enjoy the large collection of photographs and archaeological artifacts, learn about the first jurisdiction system adopted in Sharjah in Al Muhalwasa jail, and learn how “dibs” (date syrup) was made in the past.

The Fort was built for defensive purposes, mainly to protect the city and residents. The main defensive elements included solid thick walls, high defensive walls, and high watchtowers, along with many other defensive structures. The Fort also served as the residence of the ruling Al Qasimi family and was the headquarters of the Sharjah government.

The museum entry is free during Sharjah Heritage Days, Martyr's Day, and UAE National Day on 2nd December.

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