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Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain

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#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Emirate of Abu Dhabi
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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. Before you head to Al Ain, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Al Ain itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Al Ain has to offer, including Al Jahili Fort.
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  • While it may seem like just another old fort on the outside, look past the seemingly normality of it and put the original structure in perspective of the era. Ensure you watch the movie in the recepti...  more »
  • The Al Jahili Fort is approximately 500 metres away from the extremely interesting Al Ain Palace Museum in the heart of the city of Al Ain in the southern part of the Castle Park. The Fort was built in 1891 to protect of the precious oasis. Today, you can visit the fortress for free. In addition a book shop and an information centre are housed here. The Fort was renovated very elaborately. It has almost been too new, too few authentically. Nevertheless we walked like this around and have looked at all alone. The conditioning and the photo exhibition definitely are worth a visit. We would have liked but, as often in the Emirates, more exhibits from the period. The rooms have this effect but about very karg. Here you could get much on experience factor with relatively little effort.
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  • Very nice clean Fort. Beautiful picture exhibition with historical images. Spacious facility, which can be explored through some rooms. In the souvenir room there for every free bottled water. Very friendly staff.
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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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While Al Ain doesn't offer much in the way of true budget accommodations, many of its mid-range and luxury hotels are surprisingly good value. You'll find most hotels in the narrow streets of the old town, as well as some larger resorts around the fringes. Several of the city's hotels have swimming pools, which could provide welcome relief from the blistering heat. You can buy alcohol--heavily restricted throughout the U.A.E--at a few of the large hotels in Al Ain, including the Hilton and the Mercure Grand.
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