Sharjah’s Bait Al Naboodah has been inaugurated by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, following the completion of renovation works on the property.
The restored house and museum underwent two years of extensive renovation work carried out by artisans and historians, according to Sharjah Museums Authority.
Founded in 1845, the 173-year-old Bait Al Naboodah property once belonged to Emir Obaid bin Isa bin Ali Al Shamsi, an Emirati pearl merchant in the Arabian Gulf, who expanded his business network to include India and Europe.
The two-storey property consists of a bedroom, a spacious courtyard, and a water well on the ground floor, and a ‘summer house’ and bedrooms on the first floor.
Restoration activities on the property included the preservation of the building’s frescoes, wooden beams, and teak columns, Sharjah Museums Authority revealed, adding that the renovation has transformed Bait Al Naboodah into an exhibition of the Naboodah family’s holdings.
The exhibition showcases, among other items, 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.
Manal Ataya, director general of 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.
“Every detail has been painstakingly brought back to life as a mark of respect for not only its esteemed former owner, but also for this important part of the UAE’s heritage and culture,” Ataya added.