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The Ras al Hadd fort in South Sharqiyah will remain closed for renovation works from April 1 till further notice.

This was announced by the Ministry of Tourism in coordination with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

Located in the wilayat of Sur, the fort in the niyabat of Ras al Hadd is one of the many picturesque historical monuments dotting the country. It is 16m long and 13m wide and includes two towers and some openings for defence and surveillance purpose.

The castle also has a number of facilities such as the ammunition store and a well. The magnificent fort which took around 30 years to construct was built between 1560 and 1590 with the efforts of all tribes of the niyabat. The two towers of the fort are connected by a large wall. The base is about 3m in width.

Towards the east of the Ras al Hadd fort, there is an open room with large seat. The room is 3m wide, 6.5m in length and 3.5m in height.

The 3m wide and 4.25m high room was used as a waiting hall, in addition to being used as sabla (majlis) to settle disputes.

The grand fort also includes a room that was used as a temporary prison (3m wide, 5.25m length and 3.5m high) and a castle (13.25m height, 13m wide and 16m length) that was used as a last line of defence.

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