Sharjah Fort - Al Hisn
Sharjah Fort - Al Hisn
4.5
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,429 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 December 24, 2023
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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 January 3, 2024
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Inam K
Islamabad, Pakistan586 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Located at Husband avenue, the Sharjah fort is small, modest and nice place to visit. In front are canons of British time. The ticket is 10 dirhams, but you come to know about history and old culture of the Emirates
Written September 26, 2017
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Giorgio B
Lund, Sweden958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
When we first visited Sharjah 2 years ago, the Fort (Al Hisn) had been under reconstruction for some time and was not yet accessible. During this visit, we didn't want to miss out on the opportunity and I can say we were rewarded.
Although the structure is new for three quarters of its size, it has been laid out in a very intelligent way for the visitor.
Through room after room, you are guided into the days when it hosted a prison, it was part of Sharjah's fortifications, and the ruling emir would entertain his guests in a few of the rooms.
In-depth information and exhibits are also provided about the origins of Sharjah as a trading post, with the rise of Britain among the Western powers as the influential overlord in the area.
In short, a highly educational experience for all those interested in history.
Written August 11, 2015
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Travel With Karisha
Saint Louis, MO109 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 April 23, 2019
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Chandra Shekhar k
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Now the Fort (AL HISN) is open for public and visitors. This is the one of excellent museum in Sharjah which is related to His highness Sheik Sultan Bin Mouhammad Al- Qasimi residence in the past. Fort have a too much facilities and Mothers room is awesome at the same time excellent comunication skills with guides staff are cooperating very well and helpful. Recently i visit the museum with my friends, now iam planing to visit again along with family.
Written September 13, 2015
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Mariam A
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
I visited this museum recently in 2015 and it's one of the most beautiful museums I've ever visited in my life !! it tells the story of early Sharjah and it takes you back to 1942 and makes you live that era as if it's for real !! the facilities are excellent and their guides and staff are so kind and helpful !! I'm going to visit it again with my family soon !!
Written September 10, 2015
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,996 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 September 9, 2019
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Christopher W
Shrewsbury, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
A few minutes walk away from Sharjah bus station on the edge of the Sharjah Heritage Area. Although smallish the exhibits were very interesting and gave a really good view of the history of Sharjah and it's rulers. Definitely worth a visit if you want to know how Sharjah has grown over the last two centuries. I had a very warm welcome from the receptionists and was offered a ticket option linked to discounts for the other museums in the area.
Written March 13, 2019
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Artist_Lounge
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
We went there last month and were fascinated with the atmosphere of the place, very tidy and well organized and the information you get there is difficult to get elsewhere!
Definitely worth a visit, especially if you are in that area!
Just one thing you need to consider if you are coming from Dubai.. Traffic.. I would suggest an early visit (9:00 to 11:00 am)
Written November 7, 2017
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