Umm Al-Quwain Fort & Museum

Historical | Museum / Gallery

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Distance (From Ajman): 31 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: At Umm Al Quwain City

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 31 km from Ajman, Umm Al Quwain Museum is a national museum situated in the Old Town area of Umm Al Quwain. It is one of the well-known places to visit as part of Ajman Tour Packages.

The UAQ Museum is housed inside the Umm Al-Quwain Fort that once was home to the emirate's ruling family. Also known as Al Ali Fort, it was built in 1768 by the founder of the modern Al Mualla dynasty, Sheikh Rashid Bin Majid Al Mualla. The fort was the seat of the rulers of Umm Al Quwain and the centre of government in the emirate until 1969. It was used as a police station before the fort was restored and opened in the year 2000 as a museum by Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Mualla, the Ruler of Umm Al Quwain at the time. The facade, with its two rounded towers, has been well restored.

Today it houses the Umm Al Quwain National Museum. With a wide range of visitors from GCC ex-pats to school field trips, this museum depicts the history of UAE in one beautiful fortress. The exhibits focus mainly on local archaeological sites, including finds from the Al-Dur archaeological site. The exhibits featuring statues of headless falcons, a stone plate in the shape of a turtle and tiny human-shaped bone plaques. There are also ethnographic exhibits introducing local life and traditional Emirati customs, artistry, and craftwork including jewellery, textiles, metalwork, and a display of weaponry dating back more than 200 years.

Timings: 8 AM - 1 PM & 5 PM - 8 PM from Saturday to Thursday, & 5 PM - 8 PM on Friday

Entry: AED. 4 for Adults & Free for Children under 15 Years