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The Resistance Monument, Khor Fakkan Sharjah

Resistance Monument Khor Fakkan

What is the Resistance Monument in Khor Fakkan? Read on to discover the background.

In 1507, the Portuguese army attacked Khor Fakkan, a coastal town in the east. However, the local inhabitants showed incredible bravery and fought back, resulting in the loss of life and tragic atrocities committed by the Portuguese.

As was their custom then, prisoners were brutally disfigured, with their noses, ears, and hands being cut off.

HH Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi commissioned the Resistance Monument to commemorate the bravery of townsfolk. The design represents a helmet worn in those days and symbolises the local inhabitants’ resistance. 

sharjah resistance monument khor fakkan

Resistance Monument Museum and Film Theatre

The monument is home to a small museum and a movie theatre on the lower level.

The small museum theatre plays the historical drama film Khor Fakkan, based on the research of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qassimi’s book Khorfakkan’s Resistance against the Portuguese Invasion of September 1507

The movie screens daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm, except on Fridays when the only show is at 4pm.

The film runs for approximately 100 minutes and has English subtitles, although you should be aware that it contains violent scenes. 

V Cafe at the Resistance Monument

During your visit, visit the charming V Cafe on the upper level and enjoy the panoramic views of the city. 

v cafe at resistance monument khor fakkan sharjah

Admission to the movie and museum is free.

Resistance Monument Timings

Museum Sat–Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri 2–10pm, Cafe 9am–midnight

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