SHARJAH, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, on Saturday evening, laid the foundation stone for the branch of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Khor Fakkan.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah undertook the establishment of the academy providing it with all requirements. The Academy will grant students a bachelor’s degree in applied and theoretical sciences.
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah was present.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah also inaugurated the Khor Fakkan Lakes and the Fountains Project at the entrance of the city of Khorfakkan, which consists of 4 huge lagoons adorning the four sides of the city’s entrance square.
He also unveiled the Resistance Monument, which bears a historical and symbolic significance for the city’s authentic heritage, and is a testament to the steadfastness of the Khor Fakkan people in the face of the Portuguese invasion in the early 15th century.
The monument rises on the entrance of the city and takes the form of a helmet that symbolises the resistance that took place in this city. The site of the monument was designed in a way that makes it a park for the public, adding more beauty to Khor Fakkan and enhancing its tourist attractions.
Later on, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah went up to the top of the mountain, where the unique Al Rabi Tower sits, which is distinguished by its unique architecture, to unveil the memorial plaque of the tower known as “Burj” that dates back to 1915, during the reign of Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad bin Majid Al Qasimi. The Tower is characterised by its multi- shaped geometrical design and its distinctive visual view overlooking the city. The tower, part of the series of observation towers, was regarded as the first defence line to face the greedy invaders.
Then, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and those accompanying them, moved to inaugurate “Al Adwani Tower” located on a hilltop near the port of Khor Fakkan. The Tower was built in 1623 AD by Sheikh Kayed bin Hamoud Al Adwani Al Qasimi, and was characterised by its unique shape, and was used as a coastal lighthouse to lead ships to the port site.
Their Highnesses concluded their tour by a visit to Khor Fakkan Fort, built in the 1940s by Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al Qasimi. It is one of the defensive network of towers associated with Khor Fakkan. It overlooks Al Adwani and Al Rabi Towers. The revival of this historic landmark is to bring this tower back as it was a historical symbol for Khor Fakkan.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah also unveiled the memorial plaque for the excavations of the ancient Khor Fakkan wall and toured the renovated buildings surrounding Khorfakkan fort.
During the tour, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah were accompanied by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Central Finance Department; Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Head of Ports and Customs Department; Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council; Sheikh Salem bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Head of the Ruler’s Office; Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council; Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Head the Department of Statistics and Community Development; Sheikh Saqr bin Saud Al Qasimi; Sheikh Khalid bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi; Sheikh Saeed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Chief of Sharjah Ruler’s Office in Khor Fakkan; Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Chief of the Sharjah Ruler’s Office in Kalba; Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention; Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; and Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
Source: Emirates News Agency