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Sultan opens Bait Al Naboodah post renovation
April 10, 2018
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SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has inaugurated the Bait Al Naboodah house, which belonged to the largest pearl dealer in the emirate of Sharjah.

During his tour of the restored house and museum, Sheikh Sultan was briefed on the extensive renovation work that was carried out by a team of historians over several years.

Founded in 1845, the historic house was owned by Emirati Emir Obaid Bin Isa Bin Ali Al Shamsi, a pearl merchant in the Arabian Gulf who expanded his business network to include the Arabian Gulf, India and Europe.


Bait Al Naboodah is characterised by its fine two-storey architectural design. The ground floor includes a bedroom, a spacious courtyard and a water well, and the first floor includes the “summer house” and bedrooms.

Recognised as an architectural masterpiece for its time, Bait Al Naboodah was one of the largest houses in Sharjah located near the Fort of Sharjah. The renovation has transformed Bait Al Naboodah into an exhibition of the Naboodah family’s holdings. Exhibits include coins from India and the Arabian Gulf, as well as a range of devices and equipment used to measure the weight and size of pearls brought to Sharjah.

There is also a collection of preserved documents that show Al Naboodah’s dealings with various companies, businessmen and prominent members of the community, including the rulers of the era. Many interactive displays have been installed throughout Bait Al Naboodah to give visitors a valuable insight into the importance of the pearl trade in Sharjah and the entire Gulf region.

Manal Ataya, Director-General of the Sharjah Museums Authority, said, “Bait Al Naboodah has been fully restored to its former glory and is now a wonderful example of the home of a very successful pearl merchant.

“Experts from the Sharjah Institute for Heritage were careful to use a mix of traditional and modern techniques in the renovation work so that the restored building is an authentic representation of its past.”


The opening was attended by Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority; Sheikh Khalid Bin Essam Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah, Sheikh Salem Bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Head of the Ruler’s Office, and Sheikh Majid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Suburbs and Villages Affairs.

Also present at the opening were Dr Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention; Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, Khamis Salim Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Sharjah Suburbs and Village Affairs, Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, Khalid Bin Butti Al Muhairi, Director of the Department of Planning and Survey, Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, Head of Protocol and Hospitality; Dr Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City, Dr Abdulaziz Al-Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, and a number of diplomats and officials from local and federal departments.


Sheikh Sultan met on Monday Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council and its members.

During the meeting Sheikh Sultan was briefed on the Council, and media policy on Sharjah’s vision, mission, values and objectives to ensure that Sharjah continues to be a role model for responsible media, a centre for knowledge management and dissemination, and an integrated environment for innovation.

His Highness also briefed about the latest plans and development projects in the Sharjah Media Council and all its affiliated institutions represented by Sharjah Media City, Shams, Sharjah Media Corporation, SMC, and Sharjah Government Media Bureau, SGMB.


Sheikh Sultan praised the efforts of the SGMB in the success of the seventh session of the seventh edition of the International Government Communication Forum, IGCF 2018. His Highness also received a copy of the recommendations of the Forum.

His Highness directed the Sharjah Media Council to work towards targeting wider sectors of the public in light of the emirate’s diverse activities locally, regionally and globally. He was also briefed on the developments and infrastructure projects of Sharjah Media City, which serve the media and investment companies.

The meeting was attended by Dr Khalid Omar Al Midfa, President of Shams, Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director-General of Sharjah Media Corporation, Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of SGMB, and Hassan Yacoub Al Mansouri, Acting Secretary-General of Sharjah Media Council.


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