At a distance of 17 km from Fujairah, Al Bithnah Fort or Bithnah Fort is an ancient fort located in the village of Al Bithnah near the city of Fujairah in UAE. Situated along the Fujairah Main Highway, it is one of the oldest forts in the UAE and among the popular historical places in Fujairah.
Built-in the year 1735, Al Buthna Fort was constructed to monitor the strategic paths that crossed the Hajar Mountains through Wadi Ham. This is the second-largest and most famous fort in Fujairah for its long history of wars and battles that took place in the region at the end of the 18th century and early 19th century. The fort was considered of vital importance for defending the eastern region of the United Arab Emirates. The Fort was destroyed in the early days of the rule of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi and then rebuilt especially the two main towers with mud and gravel. The Fort which was built from blocks of burnt clay remains coherent till today. The Department of Heritage and Antiquities renovated the Fort with the addition of a wall and a management office with accommodation for the guard.
Known for its thick golden stoned walls, the fort consists of an enormous staunch edifice graced by two watchtowers on the west side. The fort is constructed from stone, mud-brick, adobe and palm-wood planking. It can be accessed through a gate of no more than one meter in height, where the visitor enters the Fort and on to a spacious hall called by the locals as 'The Fort Plate'. The views of the countryside with Palm groves as well as the mountains from the fort are indeed spectacular and photogenic.
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM from Saturday - Thursday, 2.30 PM - 4.30 PM on Friday