At the centre of Sharjah is the Heritage District, which is dominated by the Al-Hisn (Fort) Museum. There are number of cultural and historic highlights within this part of Sharjah that are well worth seeing. The other hub of life in Sharjah is Qanat Al Qasba, a massive cultural and entertainment complex set around a network of canals. Be sure and take a ride on the Eye of the Emirates for its magnificent panoramic views.
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The Al-Hisn Museum. This historic fortress was the home of Sharjah’s rulers for over 200 years. The site has always been a beloved public forum where the sultan’s subjects could meet for special occasions. The complex is divided into several sections, including an interesting museum detailing the restoration of the fort, an exhibition of weapons, and the Al Qassimi Library. The fort’s blend of beautiful artefacts and stunning architecture makes it a popular attraction.
The Qanat Al Qasba is a massive 10,000-acre complex featuring entertainment, and cultural and dining venues. A 30-metre-wide water canal runs for 1,000 metres through the complex, crossed by pedestrian bridges and lined by cafés on both banks. Boats are available to give you a cruise along the canal, while the main Masrah Al Qasba theatre regularly hosts special events. There is also a huge exhibition area that holds ongoing exhibits.
One of Sharjah's newest museums, opened in 2008, presents the important role the sea has played in this Emirate's development over the centuries. Sharjah was first settled more than 6,000 years ago due to its ideal seaside location. This museum displays traditional dhows that were used in ancient times for fishing, pearling and trading. The historic Arabian pearl industry is also explored, as are many other facets of maritime life in early Sharjah.