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Fujairah Fort, a local historical riddle

Updated on 07.06.2018

Fujairah Fort has long been the centerpiece of the defense of the city and the emirate - today it is one of the most important fortifications of the United Arab Emirates. In this article find all the practical information to organize your visit.

Fujairah Fort, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

History of Fujairah Fort

His story remains an enigma and nobody knows when and by whom it was built, although he is often mentioned as the oldest in the country. It was most likely built between the 16th and the 19th century (a wide variety of dates circulate in books and on the Internet). The fort is built on top of a rocky promontory around a well. It was once the center of the city. Today it is located slightly behind and dominates an area dedicated to the conservation of heritage with about forty old adobe houses, that is to say in bricks made of clay mixed with straw, all cured in the sun . These old houses are being restored and form a village heritage (indicated on some plans as Old Town), not yet really ready to welcome tourists.

If the origin of Fujairah Fort remains unclear, we know that it was occupied by the Whabbites between 1808 and 1810. It was abandoned in 1925 as a result of the British naval bombing, and it was only 1997 that the emirate's cultural authority rediscovers its potential and decides to launch a three-year restoration program. Fujairah Fort reopened to the public in 2010.

Useful information

Admission is free and opening hours are from 8am to 6.30pm every day except Friday, when the doors open at 2.30pm.

For hotel tips nearby, check out our article on Fujairah city and the one on Fujairah beach hotels.

Location and access

The fort is located in the city of Fujairah, but slightly set back from the modern city. Access is by rolling on a paved path that begins at a roundabout.

Location of Fujairah Fort, Fujairah City, United Arab Emirates ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Detailed map of the location of Fujairah Fort, in the city of Fujairah ©OpenStreetMap contributors

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