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Sharjah Heritage area

Updated on 06.06.2018

The heritage area of Sharjah is a pleasant place to wander around and apprehend the local architecture, especially the stone wind tower. The short walk will include a visit to a small souk and a photo point at Fort Al Hisn. Find in this article all the information to prepare your visit: advice, advice, access map and location, detailed site map, hotels nearby.

Stone wind tower in the historic Sharjah district, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Visit of the heritage area

There are some small museums in the village heritage: Sharjah Heritage Museum, Al Eslah School Museum, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum. And many associative houses on the theme of art and culture not necessarily open to tourists.

Take a look at the unique stone wind tower in the emirates (Majlis Al Midfa) and the traditional Bait Al Naboodah house, which is currently being restored.

Stone wind tower in the historic Sharjah district, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Entrance to the Sharjah Heritage Museum ©Odyfolio

Souk Al Arsah, in the heart of Sharjah's heritage area ©Odyfolio

Alley in Sharjah Historic District, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Fort Al Hisn

Sharjah's Fort Al Hisn once protected the city from invaders' attacks. On its forecourt, ancient guns form a line of defense today very useless. The interior of the fort can not be visited.

Al Hisn Fort in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Access map to the historic district

The heritage area is located on the map below at the souk Al Arsah and extends to the fort Al Hisn symbolized by the orange mark. The easiest way is to park in the car parks along the corniche, then to visit the neighborhood on foot.

Map of Sharjah with location of the heritage district ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Location of Fort Al Hisn in Sharjah ©OpenStreetMap contributors