Sharjah Fort - Al Hisn
Sharjah Fort - Al Hisn
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Roshith
Dubai, United Arab Emirates17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The entry fee of 10 per head might seem steep if the experience didn't meet your expectations. It's understandable that you'd hope for more galleries or exhibits to make the visit more enriching. Expressing this disappointment might prompt the management to consider expanding or diversifying their displays in the future.
Written 3 January 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,974 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The old Sharjah fort was built in the 1820s by Emirati workers about which little is known. Building materials used were rock, adobe and coral. The then head of the Qasimi family ordered the construction. The fort served mainly as a defense against attacks by rival tribes. The British controlling the sea at the time noted it was of little service against regular troops.

Most of the structure was demolished in 1970 except for one tower (the Burj). What you can observe is a reconstruction made in the 1990s. The complex can be visited. It is housing an interesting museum where you can get some idea about the history of early Sharjah.
Written 24 December 2023
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70ava
Beijing, China1,002 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It was not no. 1 on our list in Sharjah but it is still worth a visit. By all means go during the light festival - not to be missed.
Written 8 February 2023
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Sharjah Fort

The fort was constructed by the Ruler of Sharjah Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi in 1823.
The fort stands in the Heart of Sharjah originally known as Bank Street. It was partially destroyed by Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi who ordered the demolition of the fort in 1970. Khalid’s brother Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi convinced his brother not to destroy the fort. By the time he arrived from Cairo most of the fort had been demolished and all that remained was a single tower. Work began to restore the Fort in January 1996 using the doors that were saved in the demolition. Restoration was completed in 1997. It has further been renovated in 2013/2014.
The Sharjah fort is now opened to the public to learn about the historical landmark and the ruling family.
Written 30 March 2022
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KH4KI
London, UK291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A very simple fort and well designed.
It looks more like a house but the tower adds it up for the fort.
Very well preserved or restored. A good walkthrough of regional history.

I like the way it faces towards the busiest spot of Sharjah - the Rolla market.

AED 10
Written 19 June 2021
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Gk5178
Ernakulam, India23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
To be visited at least once. One of the culture projected venues of Sharjah. Just to be aware of the culture and history of the same.
Written 18 January 2020
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Rosario_it
Belgium1,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
In this site there are several buildings and some of them host small museums.
The site is well managed and you can spend here a lot of time exploring all the area.
Written 12 November 2019
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,970 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Al Hisn Fort was the old headquarters of Sharjah, which served as the home of the Sheikh as well as the State Prison and was at the centre of a large network of watchtowers and other structures built for the erstwhile kingdom's defence. Today, it is a museum, which takes one back to the old days.

Al Hisn is a rather small fort and like many other traditional buildings, has a central courtyard, with rooms and establishments around it. There are 2 towers at the ends; one is the Muhalwasa tower, which served as the prison and the other is the Kabs tower. Among the galleries worth seeing are the Weapons Gallery, Majlis and Al Ghurfah as well as the Sheikh's Room and the Al Hisn gallery. The others were nothing too special.

Al Hisn is located right next to Rolla Square and is easily accessible from any part of Sharjah. The fort has an entrance fee of AED 5 and one can spend around 1 hour in exploring it.
Written 9 September 2019
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Travel With Karisha
Saint Louis, MO113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I defiantly recommend this your if you are in Sharjah, or even Dubai. I stayed in Dubai, and took the trip here.

There is a lot of culture in Sharjah. This fort was quite interesting.

Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn) was built in 1823 and it still stands in the heart of Sharjah. It was used as a seat of Sharjah Government, the residence of the Al Qasimi ruling family, and jail.

This historic landmark offers a fascinating collection that provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience what Sharjah was like during this period.

It took about 1 hour to get through the whole thing.
Written 23 April 2019
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walid m
Wilmington, NC1,095 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
A small fort that you should visit while in Sharjah. It is located in the heart of Sharjah. Allow 30 minutes.
Written 14 April 2019
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