The emirate of Fujairah have one of the most important museums that are spread across the United Arab Emirates, to record the ancestral history and heritage through the antiques found by the missions of excavation and archeologists in the recent years.
A small museum was established consisting of a single room in 1969 and includes some types of weapons, pottery, coins and farming tools.
Due to the expansion in the exploration and archeological discoveries, His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi issed a decision on May 27, 1991 to establish a Heritage and Antiquities department specialising in the preservation of the heritage of the Emirate represented by castles, forts, ancient mosques as well as the maintance of the museum and its collections and the supervision of explorations of historical monuments in the Emirate.
Based on this decision, the Department of Antiquites and Heritage rearranged the Fujairah Museum to accommodate the large number of artifacts that were discovered in different parts of the Emirate. And on November 30, 1991 Ruler of Fujairah officially opened the Fujairah Museum and in 1998 the Department of Heritage and Antiquites had finished the museum expansion plans with the establisment of two large halls for antiquities and three large halls for heritage, it also established a laboratory and a secion for archelogical excavations.
The first heritage hall displayed the occupations know to the region such as agriculture, fishing, weaving, pottery and trade.
The second heritage hall includes ancient weapons used by the local people, various types of costumes popular to the people of the region as well as utensiles used by the pople in the past. Inside the hall is also a model of the popular old house made of palm leaves, and among the weapons displayed in this room is an ancient rifle called Khedewi made in 1916.
The third heritage halls displayes the ancient spice shop and souq.
The halls of antiquities include numerous artifacts that were discovered in multiple locations, including pots made of steatite or chlorite, brass findings, old jewellery, small weapons, different types of tools etc.
The Museum aims to provide the visitor with a picture of the background of the emirate of Fujairah and of the archacological evidence which indicates that this emirate had been inhabited since the 3rd millennium B.C.
Fujairah Museum opening times
Weekdays : 8.30 AM – 1.30 PM 4.30 PM – 6.30 PM
Friday: 2.00 PM – 6.30 PM
Tel: 00971 9 222 9085, Fax: 00971 9 222 9539