Al Bithnah Fort

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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,265 contributions
Mar 2020
Al Bithnah Fort lies next to the village of the same name, in the emirate of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
Al Bithnah Fort was built in 1735. Others say it was built as a result of Wahabi incursions in the area, following the Battle of Bithnah that occurred here in 1745.
It holds a controlling view over the Wadi Ham and the village on the other side of the wadi. The wadi used to be the main route from the coastal city of Fujairah through the Hajar Mountains to Manama on the other side. It was restored in first decade of the 21st century.
Al Bithnah Fort has a rectangular ground plan with 2 sturdy round corner towers on the side of the wadi.
At present Bithnah Fort can be visited for free, although you will have to sign the guestbook of the guard.
Written March 5, 2020
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Escape To Find Peace
United Arab Emirates642 contributions
Aug 2021
You can finish the site seeing within 20mins max. It is a small fort in Fujairah. You can access by bus or car to this place. No entrance fee is required. Visit anytime between 8am until 5pm except friday (2.30pm until 4.30pm)! restrooms are available outside the fort. No food stalls are there.
Written August 13, 2021
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Expat Adrian
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates666 contributions
Sep 2020
Al Bithna Fort is located in the village of Al Buthna, 13 kilometres west of Fujairah. It’s a bit of an ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure to reach the Fort, you will need to drive off bitumen road and through a riverbed to get to it however Google Maps will get you to the front gate no problems. Originally built in the early 1700’s, the Fort has been destroyed a number of times, most recently in the early 1970’s. It’s not clear how much of the current Fort is original however some information I have found indicates the Fort was restored from original blocks of burnt clay. Unfortunately the Fort was closed due to COVID 19 however I did manage to get some interesting photos from the riverbed.
Written September 30, 2020
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Katie L
London, UK1,077 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
This is a large fort. You are met outside by a guide who explains various things to look at. There are stairs up to the top of the towers and you can climb up. A birds nest or two and a fabulous view from the top of the fort. It is located in the old Fujurah Village. There is no fee to see it.
Written March 10, 2015
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Gabr_DK
Dubai Media City (DMC), United Arab Emirates326 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
fort is rather difficult to approach: while following the signs the paved road just disappears - there is a 500-metre drive on gravel

once you make it, it is worth it

I arrived just before closing. The guard showed me around, explained the features, took pictures

The only downside is that, like most other forts in the UAE, it is also empty

It is definitely worth the drive and the 20 minutes to look around

admission is free, but pls tip the guy
Written March 15, 2017
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Omaima J
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates85 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
Nice historical monument.. it was far from fujairah about 20 min by car.. there are fort , prison and water well.. bathrooms available.. no fees.. the last kilometer from the road was hard ..
اثر تاريخي جميل.. بعيد عن الفجيرة بمقدار ثلث ساعة بالسيارة.. هناك قلعة وسجن وبئر ماء.. الحمامات متوفرة.. لا يوجد رسوم.. اخر كيلو متر من الطريق كان صعبا
Written November 19, 2016
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Andyhud
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2,875 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Al Bithnah fort is a nice drive out of Fujairah on the way to Masafi (which has a Friday market). The Fort itself looks closer to Fujairah than it is on the maps which are obviously not to scale when you head out of the city. You do wonder if you will miss it and then suddenly you approach the village of Bithnah and see signs for the Fort.

That is as easy as it gets as a couple of signs later directing you through the single lane roads of the village they suddenly stop and it sup to you to rely on your navigation skills and instinct. However the locals are very helpful in trying to guide you should you want to stop and ask for help.

The Fort is not easily seen whilst driving through the village but if you can spot a large cluster of palm trees, head for that!

Once found, the fort is quite magnificent and larger than expected. It is not always open but you can walk around the area and take some nice photographs. Bithnah fort is one of the older forts in the area as it is nearly 300 years old. Interestingly Bithnah used to be the Capital of Fujairah.

It is worth a visit if you have time in Fujairah and want to see some of the historical places. Once you have seen it, you start to wonder if this is where the design for sand castles came from?
Written June 10, 2015
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Aaron M
Manama, Bahrain75 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
This is a very nice fort that has been well restored. The caretaker is friendly and knowledgeable. It's a small fort but well worth a visit!
Written January 2, 2017
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Sham A
5 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Its a good experience to visit The Wadi and "Al Bithnah Fort": explains the Rich and strong connection of local Arabic life with nature and all the natural elements as well as Ancient Historical living and connection of Art of living with such a splendid Fort which is aged centuries but still as new as it was built in past to know more about Fort and Waddi it is a place must to visit.
Written December 20, 2016
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emy j
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
This fort it's look like nice to see it
and must evrybody go to see the other fortrs in the UAE or other country.
Written November 23, 2015
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