Sharjah, essentially recognised as the capital of culture, is famous for its Islamic-styled architecture. Image Credit: Gulf News archive

Dubai: The northern emirates has its own valuable share of historic locations which perfectly connects its past with the present.

UAE's government pays a crucial amount of attention to its culture and tradition, which is apparent in regular awareness campaigns that encourage residents to preserve national identity.

Sharjah, essentially recognised as the capital of culture, is famous for its Islamic architectural style.

This can be seen in its artistic buildings — a testament of the emirate's eternal heritage.

The ancient Mileiha district — a very famous tourist spot today — is a good example of this.

According to historians, the district dates back to the Iron Age. It is home to a large number of residences and craft zones where iron, bone, and stone work was carried out.

The Muweilah district is another outstanding heritage site from the same period and is located in the sandy belt of the emirate.

This area was brought to the government and public's attention by a local resident who found pots at the location.

This motivated the emirate to dig deeper in 1995, to unearth a hidden past which would later be recognised as a major heritage site.Sharjah also has a string of museums such as Al Hisn Sharjah Fort which is based in the heart of the city.

The fort was created in 1820 and is a genuine, historic piece of old Arab architecture.

Al Mahata museum, the old airport of the emirate, was constructed in 1930 and still houses some aviation tools, in addition to ancient records of pilots.

Ras Al Khaimah, on the other hand, was previously known as ‘Julfar' and documented as an archaeological spot. The emirate is blessed with a magnificent landscape.

Studies indicate that the history of Ras Al Khaimah dates back to 5000 BC.

Its old world charm is apparent from the ancient forts and watch towers scattered along its coastsline.

The Dhayah Fort, located north of the Al Rams district, was built in the 19th century on the foundations of other ancient structures.

It is considered the only hilltop fort to exist in the UAE. The Dhow Boat building, located along the Maarid beach, is another masterpiece and consists of a solid wooden boat.

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, previously used as a fort and residence by the emirate's ruler, has preserved the emirate's timeless heritage, too.

It houses a series of ancient and magnificent archaeological items and is located in old Ras Al Khaimah.