His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, on Saturday evening, laid the foundation stone for the branch of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Khorfakkan.
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 theoretical sciences.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah also inaugurated the Khorfakkan Lakes and 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 Khorfakkan 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 Khorfakkan and enhancing its tourist attractions.
After that, 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 Khorfakkan. 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 Khorfakkan Fort, built in the 1940s by Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al Qasimi. It is one of the defensive network of towers associated with Khorfakkan. It overlooks Al Adwani and Al Rabi Towers. The revival of this historic landmark is to bring this tower back as it was a historic symbol for Khorfakkan.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah also unveiled the memorial plaque for the excavations of the ancient Khorfakkan wall and toured the renovated buildings surrounding Khorfakkan fort.