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The Fort was built in 1820 by the order of Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi as the residence of the Al Qasimi Ruling family.
After having been partially removed as part of some structural changes of the city of Sharjah in 1969, it was later rebuilt to its original shape and style under the instruction and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of UAE and Ruler of Sharjah.
The mission of Sharjah Hisn is to use the historic fort to explain to residents and visitors the history of the Emirate of Sharjah, the Al Qasimi ruling family and Sharjah's society and governance.
Main institution for contemporary arts, organizer of the Biennial and other world class events.
March - June 2022. Curators: Okwui Enwezor, Hoor Al Qasimi. Theme: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by late Enwezor.