Umm Al Quwain Fort
Umm Al Quwain Fort
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Bicks_medellin
Colombia8,993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
Well worth a visit if you are in the area. It is extremely well maintained, and entry was only 5 AED. I had the whole place to myself - the inside lawn is beautiful, and while it was extremely hot, each of the many exhibition rooms were cooled with A/C, offering some respite.

There are some great photo opportunities.

Note - currently the second level is under renovation.
Written 7 July 2024
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70ava
Beijing, China1,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We did not expect much but were pleasantly surprised by this place. It is a fort which houses a museum, and it was well preserved. There are some interesting stories and artifacts but most of all it gives you a great understanding of how simple life was before oil was discovered. It stands as a sheer contrast to Dubai huge development. I would strongly recommend spending some time here.
Written 11 February 2023
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Inam K
Islamabad, Pakistan586 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Overseeing the old city and the port creek, the mud fort with rounded towers and tall walls house the small museum of the little Emirate of Umm Al-Quwain. The exhibits are just reflecting the local history and culture, especially the artifacts from the nearby archaeological site of Al-Dur.
Written 26 August 2017
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Bilge S
San Francisco, CA827 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
This place was the residence of the Sheikh of Umm AL Quwain.
It was also a fort and was protecting them from any outside attacks. There is even a small prison inside.
According to UAE locals Umm Al Quwainies were the most fighters amongst all Emirates.
Worth a visit, because not many historical things in UAE, also don't miss its museum.
There is an old fortification also close to it.
Written 10 December 2012
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Wes H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Not often opened but was lucky one Saturday- no one else around. Well restored fort kept in good condition. Interesting history of feuds in UaQ.
Written 2 February 2021
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,961 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Umm Al Quwain Fort, sometimes also called Fort Al Ali, lies in the center of the city with the same name, in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain.
Umm Al Quwain Fort was built in 1786 by Sheikh Rashid I bin Majid Mu'alla. It had to protect the town and harbor and was used as the Sheikh's residence and a seat for his Government.
In 1929 the ruling Sheikh, Hamad bin Ibrahim Al Mu'alla, was shot by 2 of his cousins in the western tower in an attempt to take overpower. The people of Umm Al Quwain however were furious, and the cousins took shelter in the fort. Several notables decided that the best course of action was to destroy the fort with the use of a cannon. This failed when the cousins shot the people who were towing the cannon towards the fort. After that a moat was dug around the fort which was filled with palm leaves. These were set alight after which also the fort fell prey to the fire, killing the rebellious cousins.
Umm Al Quwain Fort kept its role as Sheikh's residence and seat of Government up until 1969. After that it turned into a police station. In 2000 it opened as a museum after a restoration.
The fort has a rectangular ground plan with one round corner tower and a larger round tower in the west wall.
At present Umm Al Quwain Fort houses the Umm Al Quwain National Museum which can be visited for a fee of 4 AED.
Nearby are the remains of the city wall of 1820.
Written 12 March 2020
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Shell6257
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Interesting to see the progress of the Emirates in such a short space of time. Found this fort really interesting as it shows air conditioning as in the Olden days
Written 4 August 2019
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Nigel Gough
Malaga, Spain94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This visit was included on our hop on jhop off bus tour ticket. Interesting and well presented museum with much f the museum in AC controlled rooms which made walking around a pleasant experience..
Written 12 July 2019
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Naviguesser50
Mesolongion, Greece95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
Great little fort with welcoming and knowledgable staff. Definately worth a detour on a trip up the UAE coast. They may or may not be open over lunchtime, they were for us at 1pm and we were not charged despite an advertised cost of 4 AED. The tank out front was apparently the first purchased by the newly formed UAE 40 years ago. The fort itself was once the residence of the local ruler and one was murdered by his servant in the early part of the last century. The servant in turn was apparently burnt for his crime inside the fort.

The museum once housed in the rooms ranged around the walls has moved across the road and was closed for lunch when we were there.
Written 10 December 2011
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Rajesh K
Muscat, Oman154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
Dont miss this place if you happen to visit UAQ. Well maintained. You can see few unique things which are not presented in other musuems.
Written 30 June 2018
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