Dhaid Fort is the latest of Sharjah’s exciting heritage projects and I have to say I was very impressed with it! This is one to add to your list of places to visit in Sharjah!
First constructed over two hundred years ago, the fort has not only been rebuilt to its former glory, but it houses a fabulous museum on Dhaid itself and local traditions in Sharjah Central Region such as falconry.
It has a very large courtyard and towers at each corner, one of which was the prison. Another tower consists of the sheikh’s living quarters whilst other rooms include stores, madbasa or date press room and numerous others.
The inner walkway around the ground floor of the fort and the rooms have been completely closed in with glass which allows visitors to wander around the museum in air-conditioning and still see out to the fort. This makes it a perfect place to visit in the hotter months.
The museum is beautifully curated and has very clear information. Guides are available to explain more.
In the courtyard itself there are shaded seating areas, a coffee shop and a part of the old fallaj (irrigation system using channels) can be viewed. Dhaid has long been an agricultural area and the fallaj was used in the past to water the many surrounding farms.
Outside the fort there is a new mosque, a children’s play area with traditional wooden swings, seesaws, etc. On the other side there are small stalls where goods and food is sold during festivals.
In March, Dhaid Fort is one of the locations for Sharjah Heritage Festival with performances, talks, stalls, food, etc.
Nearby there are also two souq areas built in traditional style which house shops and coffee houses.
A good time to visit is late afternoon when the weather is cooling down. (Don’t forget inland is hotter but drier, so no or little humidity.)
Opening times: 8am-8pm daily.
Entrance: free (may change)
Location – police roundabout at the top of Dhaid/Airport Rd/E88.
Dhaid, Sharjah Central Region
Dhaid is located in Sharjah Central Region and is the second biggest city in the emirate. It is also home to Sharjah Safari Park and Dhaid Wildlife Centre.
Noticeable buildings in Dhaid are Sharjah Media Building, University of Sharjah Dhaid campus and numerous large mosques.
If you’ve driven through Dhaid in the past, you may wonder where it suddenly came from but the ruins were blocked from view by the old police station.
Other places to visit in Sharjah Central Region
Other places you could combine this with for a day trip are Masafi, Friday Market, Al Ghayl (South RAK), Al Faya, Madam, Falaj al Mualla, Dhaid Desert, Batayeh Desert, UAQ Desert, Thawban hiking trail