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Just a 20 minute walk from the Sharjah Corniche and located in the Heart of Sharjah, Majlis Al Midfa is a historic square with the UAE’s only round wind tower. The square holds an important place in UAE history, since it was used for gatherings of the region’s intellectuals and merchants.
The majlis - Arabic for sitting area - is named after the man who started the country’s first ever newspaper in 1927. Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al Midfa regularly convened a majlis here to discuss poetry, literature and politics. The rounded barjeel, or wind tower in English, is unlike other structures of its kind that are usually square. Wind towers are a symbol of ancient UAE culture, when these constructs were crucial for natural ventilation in hot summer months. Majlis Al Midfa has been incorporated into Sharjah's unique boutique hotel, Al Bait, and all heritage -lovers should put this on their list of must-visit tourist places in Sharjah.
The wind tower houses priceless antiques, including a carved pearl chest and an ornate silver dagger donated by the Al Midfa family to the government of Sharjah. Since the square is within the Heart of Sharjah, there are plenty of activities around and things to do with kids. Many exhibits have sculpture and contemporary art pieces. Don’t forget to go through the souk al Arsha, next door, where you can find curios and souvenirs as unique as Majlis Al Midfa. Follow up your trip to this landmark with a tour of the Khalid Lagoon, where you can enjoy views of nature and modern architecture combined. Here, you will find many summer activities for kids and adults alike.
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