Perched on a mountaintop, the 19th-century Masfout Castle was once the first line of defence against bandits heading to neighbouring Oman.

Built with stones, mud and local timber, Masfout Castle consists of two rooms and a gate. The tower-shaped castle was restored in the late 1940s at the behest of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.

The castle is located on the northern edge of Masfout, 120km southeast of Ajman city. Take Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Street out of the city, turn right onto Emirates Road and then follow the Sharjah-Kalba Road to Masfout.

The Hajar Mountains were once home to Arabian leopards, wolf and hyena, and today lure hikers and locals looking to escape the summer heat.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traditional architecture
  • Historic monument
  • 120km from Ajman city

 

Getting to Masfout Castle

Masfout is an easy 90-minute drive from Ajman city. Take Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Street out of the city, turn right onto Emirates Road and then follow the Sharjah-Kalba Road to Masfout. Hidden at the foothill of the Masfout Castle mountain.

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