Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1800, is home to the Dubai Museum, and is thought to be Dubai’s oldest building. Dubai Museum includes archaeological objects such as pottery, stone and metallic items, stone engravings, and skeletons which were discovered during digs in the Emirate of Dubai (Hatta, Al Soffoh, Al Qusais, and Al Jumeira). Some pieces date back 4000 years.
In the past the fort was used to defend the town from warlike neighbouring tribes. It has also served as the seat of government, the ruler’s residence, a store for ammunition and a jail. The walls are built from coral and shell rubble from the sea, cemented together with lime.