The round watchtower is the oldest part of the fortification complex, which was built to secure the access to the former island of Al Jazeera Al Hamra. A second, rectangular watchtowers provides visitors with an excellent view over the traditional town.
In the past, the fort's large central courtyard was also used as a sur, where the inhabitants would gather with their animals in times of danger during attacks from outside. At the same time, the fort served as the local Sheikh's residence and comprised several domestic buildings. The fort includes two summer houses with wind catchers and large open windows for ventilation, as well as two winter houses with a madbasa, an attached date press.