Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Free Entry Announced to 200-Year-Old Sharjah Fort at UAE National Day

The Sharjah Fort, a historic monument dating back to 1823, is celebrating its 200th year with a series of events coinciding with the UAE National Day festivities.

This iconic fort has been a symbol of the Emirati community’s resilience and heritage. It offers the local community an opportunity to reflect on their rich heritage and the stories enshrined within its walls.

As part of the celebrations, the fort will come alive with special tours and events, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the history it holds. One of the prominent artifacts within its walls is the “Al Raggas” cannon, an imposing symbol of military power dating back to 1811.

There’s also a royal bed that belonged to Sheikha Mahra Mohammed Khalifa Al Qasimi, a Quran stand dating to 1841, and historical coins issued by Marduf Al Qawasim in the early 1830s.

The fort, constructed with soft light brown plaster and abundant coral stones from the Arabian Gulf, showcases remarkable architectural features, including teak wood doors, palm frond ceilings, and mangrove tree columns. It played a crucial role in the history of Sharjah, facing challenges over the years.

Saved from impending demolition in 1969 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the fort was meticulously restored and transformed into a museum.

It features two levels, a spacious central courtyard, and three defensive towers, each with its own unique history.

The Sharjah Fort serves as a testament to the region’s history and cultural heritage, allowing visitors to explore the rich tapestry of the UAE’s past and its significance in the present.

This landmark’s 200th anniversary celebrations are a testament to its enduring legacy.

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