Heritage Area or the Old City of Sharjah is one of the rare places of the United Arab Emirates, where one can see the lifestyle before the oil era. The square surrounded by a tall wall that was used to protect the city from attackers, hosts houses of local noble people, schools, mosques and the traditional Oriental Market. After the massive reconstruction in 1997, the Old City was returned to its original look from 1820.
Along the streets of Heritage Area
In the Heritage Area, you won't find skyscrapers or modern buildings with cars and bright posters. This is the old part of the city with one-storey buildings. Only some of them have 2 or 3 levels. The area is totally pedestrian and allows recreating the atmosphere of people living in the XIX century.
Right next to the entrance to Heritage Area, one can find Al Hisn fort that was used as the official residence of the Sheikh. By going there, one can discover a lot of new things about the culture and traditions of Arab nations. You will see three-dimensional models and interactive panels showcasing the development of the science in the region.
The center of the Old City hosts Al Midfa Majlis that was the center of the cultural life of the society for many years in a row. The ancient market called Al Arsakh can also be found near offering the wide choice of ancient goods.
Interestingly, while visiting the Heritage Area, one can not just enjoy the architecture of traditional buildings, but visit museums and even regular houses. Some of them are decorated in the style of the 19th century. Many years ago the house was a sacred place, and the majority of them were closed to people. If you look at the building more carefully, you can see a pair of additional doors. They were made to avoid strangers looking into the house when someone was leaving it.
Right next to the historical part of the city one can find a district with buildings founded in the middle of the previous century. Their roofs are equipped with small towers, which were made to create proper ventilation of the house. Such towers are used to catch the wind and forward it to the room.
Al Hisn Fort in old Sharjah
Al Hisn fort has three towers and considered a real masterpiece of the traditional Arabic architecture. It was built in 1820 and served as the residence of Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi. He invited the highest officials and diplomats to this place.
After the end of his reign, the fort was abandoned for many years in a row. It was totally renovated in 1997. At the very same time, they managed to restore the original decoration of all the halls, which were used to open the historical museum of Sharjah.
These days, visitors are able to see all the premises in the fort, including the living rooms of Sheikh, the library and other places, which offer chic and exquisite atmosphere. In some of them, one can find the collection of ancient weapons, costumes, and household items.
Museum of Islamic civilization
It offers more than 1000 unique exhibits, which represent the cultural development of the emirate. Go through different halls, and find the real secrets and Islamic traditions. One of the most interesting halls in the museum showcases the models of mosques in various Oriental countries.
Heritage Area or the Old City of Sharjah is one of the rare places of the United Arab Emirates, where one can see the lifestyle before the oil era. After the massive reconstruction in 1997, the Old City was returned to its original look from 1820.
Keeping in mind that the museum offers the vast collections of jewelry and ancient items, the guests are highly attracted with the gallery of Hasan Ibn al-Haytham. It shows the scientific achievements of Sharjah. Here you can see the three-dimensional models of various devices. You can also use modern audiovisual panels to get more knowledge in the field of astronomy, medicine, chemistry and other sciences.
Address: Heritage Area, Marjah, Sharjah, the UAE