Falaj Al Mualla Fort

A Perfect day trip to visit with family and kids during the summer holidays.

Archaeological sites and historical monuments.

Falaj Al Mualla Fort is a 19th-century fort located in the oasis town called Falaj Almoalaa in Umm al-Quwain emirate, one of the seven emirates which comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Falaj Al Mualla, the name translates to water channel (falaj) of (al) Mualla.

The stronghold is defined by two round towers on opposite corners and two rectangular towers, again on opposite corners. Together with three watchtowers (east, west and north) built and positioned watchtowers to protect fertile land watered by the oasis.

The construction of the fort has been dated back to 1825. Falaj Al Mualla has located approximately 30 km from the city of Umm Al Quwain.

The east and west towers underwent renovation in 2007 and restoration of the fort was started in 2009, a process completed in 2015.

A fertile area, irrigated by water flown down from the Hajar Mountains.

Falaj Al Mualla attracts lots of visitors who want to check out the fort and three watchtowers (east, west, and north) that protect the fertile wadi.


Once you enter the Al Hasen museum in the fort, you will admire multiple sections featuring archaeological timelapse displays.


Below are the specific rooms in Falaj Al Mualla Museum featuring different artifacts.

Weapons Room

The weapons room includes a collection of weapons like guns, swords that were used for hunting and wars. The number of rifles and swords is inherited by Al Muallafrom his father and grandfather.

Folk Crafts Room

In this room the following items were displayed, shaving and sewing tools, a collection of decoration stuff and silver jewels that women were using such as earrings, necklaces, anklets, bracelets, and rings, some traditional crafts that women make little loom and talli industry, and the traditional clothes of the Emirati bride in ancient times.

Sea Room

Sea has a vital role in the life of people of Umm Al Quwain which is surrounded by Arabian gulf water on almost all sides that has the biggest effect on the population’s social life. Pearl plays an important role with the people of this emirate and they are also famous for fishing.

Its inhabitants have practiced trade across Arabian gulf water since ancient times. This room has a collection of fishing nets, a complete set of diving tools used to search for pearls, compass weaning, scale, and sieves of screening pearls.

Photos and Documents Room

You can explore a collection of old photos of national occasions, development stages, cameras, writing tools, radio, bashtakha, vintage telephones, and printers.

The Popular Market

The most popular of them all is the ‘Market Room’ that features various shops including perfumer, textile shop, pastry shop, and store.

The Popular Coffee Shop

Berth for the old memories of men, a daily sanctuary for simple people in the coffee shops spins conversations and interesting dialogues regarding the neighborhood people of Freji by having a cup of tea/coffee with local foods.

Sheikha’s Room

This is the private room in the fort. It consists of a bedroom, mandoos, perfume box, baby cot (al Menz) with a variety of old pots, additional utensils and it is a ready furnished board which sheika’s women visitors use to salute her.

Bedouins Room

Bedouins are named for desert people and this room has collections of traditional old tools, falconer instruments, irrigations, and the Arabian old board.

Al Medbasa (Pincushion)

The place where dates molasses extracted (dates honey), dates are kept in the special containers made of wicker palm called (al yerb) then it is gathered over each other in the earthly canals in the private system, it allows during the summer months to create pressure the heat the honey dripped through a small hole in the bottom of the pincushion and collect it for use.

Similar to history enthusiasts, there are many things to do in Umm Al Quwain for history lovers as well. Making a splash at the Dreamland Aqua Park, visiting the museum, or having fun at UAQ Marine Club are some of the most fascinating activities to visit.

  • Proposed Visit Season: October to April.
  • Working Days: Saturday to Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm then 3 pm to 8 pm. Friday from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Falaj Al Mualla Fort can be visited for a small fee of AED 5 per person.

Nearby Restaurant

Madras Cafe located at Block 337, Building 54, Road 338, Umm Al Quwain United Arab Emirates

How to reach there

  • Get on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd/E311.
  • Take exit 90 toward Falaj Al Mu’alla
  • Merge onto Al Shuwaib – Umm Al Quwain Rd/E55
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Al Shuwaib – Umm Al Quwain Rd/E55
  • Falaj Almualla Fort Al Shareiah – Umm Al Quawain

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