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The Arab Fort :

The Arab Fort is situated next to the House of Wonders and was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Oman.  The Arabs used the fort to defend themselves against the Portuguese and against a rival Omani group. In recent years it has been partially renovated to house the Zanzibar Cultural Centre. In an inner courtyard lies a stone-built amphi theatre that hosts performances of local music and dance, such as Taarab, Zanzibar’s most popular form of music.

It is a large building with high, dark brown walls, topped by castellated battlements. The fort is open to visitors and now contains various shops and a small local bar.