Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain

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#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Built in 1891, Al Jahili Fort stands as a historic structure surrounded by landscaped gardens with collections from past adventure expeditions. The fort was erected to protect the city's palm groves, and through the years has acted as the headquarters for Oman Trucial Scouts and as a governor residence. Walk around this landmark and view exhibitions on Zayed I and British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, including finds from his 1940s expedition across Rub Al Khali desert. Using our world travel planner, Al Ain attractions like Al Jahili Fort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • During a trip to Al Ain be sure to visit the fortress and exposure. You can see an important part of local history. There is a large exhibition about the man without whom this country and this people had very little, if at all, what not, visual materials. The fortress is like all the Emirates nicely repaired.
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  • Very interesting renovated fort located in the center of the city. Entrance free of charge. Used to be the summer residence of the ruling family and then became the headquarter of the trucial scouts. ...  more »
  • Out of the interest of this historical place is the photo expo done by an english man during the 40's. Worth to visit  more »
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  • Amazingly interesting place to visit. The fort itself is simple and we'll restored. The exhibition of photographs is the best part.
  • The Fort is interesting insight into construction. Also very interest photo collection of Mubarak bin London...a western traveler who lived and explored the Empty Quarter.
  • A historic landmark worth visiting. Mubarak bin London story is told here even his camera is here. You will be welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates. In the walls you will find a story telling you all about history starting from tribes times up till modern time.
  • Well kept and preserved fort with an interesting past that host regular shows and concerts
  • They made very nice changes around the fort

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