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Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain

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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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  • This late 18th century fort is one of the biggest traditional forts in Al Ain. Initially constructed between 1891 and 1898 to be a Summer residence for the Sheikh Zayed royal family has now been... 
    This late 18th century fort is one of the biggest traditional forts in Al Ain. Initially constructed between 1891 and 1898 to be a Summer residence for the Sheikh Zayed royal family has now been...  more »
  • I was very impressed with Al Jahili Fort - beautifully restored complex, wonderful photographic exhibition and welcoming staff. We spent about an hour walking around the complex and visiting the... 
    I was very impressed with Al Jahili Fort - beautifully restored complex, wonderful photographic exhibition and welcoming staff. We spent about an hour walking around the complex and visiting the...  more »
  • This was one of the attractions I have visited while in Al Ain - I really enjoyed the entire area and learning about the history. 
    This was one of the attractions I have visited while in Al Ain - I really enjoyed the entire area and learning about the history.  more »
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  • I really enjoyed my visit to Al Jahili Fort. The staff are super friendly and the Fort interesting to explore. The best part for me was the Mubarak Bin London exhibition. Wilfred Thesiger was an amazing and inspiring explorer and this exhibition has amazing stories, photos and information about him and his companions. Highly recommended.
  • Excellent place to visit. UAE and their culture is visible here. Big compound and neat design. Visit in evening time and enjoy the place with lots of amazing architecture designs are there. Arabs are great designers based on their geographical locations.
  • Rich in UAE History. So amazing. The photo exhibition will you the amazing journey some Arab countries like Oman, Syria, UAE, etc. It's really interesting to see. The forts are all well maintained. The lightings is fantastic..
  • Just like any other Fort, this also had a fascinating history. To reach the Fort you will have to walk through a park The photo galleries inside the Fort will take you to a different era, most of this Fort has been restored but pretty much all the rooms are locked up. The timings were odd 3PM to 6PM only. We went in the morning and had to return and had to make a second trip.
  • Photo fanatic place in Al Ain where history sleeps. These Fort is built in 18th or 19th Century beginning. Must visit place if you are lover of ancient architectures and history learner. They exhibit the story of Mubarak bin London World expedition. Very informative and you can learn about UAE Culture

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