200-Year-Old Sharjah Fort Joins UAE National Day Celebrations with Free Entry

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The historic Sharjah Fort, with a historied past dating back to 1823, is marking its remarkable 200th year with a series of special events coinciding with the UAE National Day celebrations.

This iconic fort stands as a symbol of the Emirati community’s flexibility and heritage, serving as a living testament to the rich tapestry of their past. It offers a unique opportunity for the local community to reflect on their roots and the captivating stories enshrined within its weathered walls.

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As part of these thrilled celebrations, the fort will burst to life with exclusive tours and events, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in the history it encapsulates. Among the notable artifacts within its walls is the imposing “Al Raggas” cannon, a powerful symbol of military might dating back to 1811.

Furthermore, a royal bed that once belonged to Sheikha Mahra Mohammed Khalifa Al Qasimi, a Quran stand from 1841, and historical coins issued by Marduf Al Qawasim in the early 1830s contribute to the rich tapestry of the fort’s history.

The fort itself is a testament to the region’s architectural heritage, constructed using soft light brown plaster and abundant coral stones from the Arabian Gulf. It claims remarkable architectural features, including teak wood doors, palm frond ceilings, and columns made from mangrove trees. Over the years, it has faced various challenges and played a pivotal role in the history of Sharjah.

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In 1969, the fort narrowly escaped impending demolition, thanks to the vigilant efforts of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi. Subsequently, it underwent meticulous restoration and was transformed into a museum that showcases its history.

The fort comprises two levels, a large central courtyard, and three defensive towers, each bearing its own unique historical significance.

Sharjah Fort stands as a living testament to the region’s history and cultural heritage, inviting visitors to explore the intricate and captivating tapestry of the UAE’s past, which remains significant in the present.

The 200th-anniversary celebrations of this iconic landmark stand as a testament to its enduring legacy and its role in preserving and sharing the rich heritage of the UAE.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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