Visit Sharjah Fort

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Sharjah Fort (called Al Hisn in Arabic) sits on a plaza at the corner of the Heritage District.

The fort was built 200 years ago and has served as both a defensive facility for the town and as the traditional residence of the ruling family of Sharjah.

Inside, the rooms contain themed displays tracing the history of Sharjah, as well as the town's importance as part of the Gulf's trade networks.

One exhibit details the painstaking restoration of the building in the late 20th century. From the roof, there are great views across the Heritage District and out to the sea.

The Sharjah City Highlights Private Tour offers a half-day of exploring Sharjah's sights including Sharjah Fort, Sharjah Heritage Museum and Souk Al Arsah. The guide can tailor the trip to your interests, so you can add in trips to the Museum of Islamic Civilization or the Art Museum or a ramble around the Central Market if you like. Transport, including pickup and drop-off from Dubai hotels, is included.

More About Sharjah Tourism

The emirate of Sharjah offers an inviting combination of culture, heritage, art, and outdoor activities. Admire the rare artifacts at the Museum of Islamic Civilization, and visit the art area for a taste of traditional and contemporary art. A walk through the Heart of Sharjah will reward visitors with a glimpse into history, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an exciting 4-wheel drive through the dunes before relaxing on the white beaches or snorkeling through the clear blue waters offshore.

Earning a title of 'Cultural Capital of the Arab World' by UNESCO in 1998, the city of Sharjah is best known for preserving its culture, tradition, and heritage. Its Art Museum is world-renowned while fascinating buildings in the Heritage Area are immersed with Emirati history.

Away from the glitz and glamour of Dubai, the city offers a plethora of entertainment and amusement options including well-maintained museums, beautiful mosques, Souks, and numerous parks. National History Museum and Desert Park is one such place where petting animals is the major highlight for kids and the Science Museum is packed with fun facts and exhibits.

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