Why visit the fort?
Explore one of the most important heritage buildings in Sharjah’s history
Located in the Heart of Sharjah, this wonderful edifice, built in 1823, was Sharjah’s government headquarters and the residence of the ruling Al Qasimi 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 in 1823, it was considered the biggest and most important construction in Sharjah.
The Fort was built out of coral stones which were collected from the deep sea waters of the Arabian Gulf; the walls were covered with a light brown plaster, and the doors were made of teak wood, while the ceilings were constructed using mangrove trunks and “Al Duun” – branches of palm trees stripped off their leaves and fibers.
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 Sharjah government.