Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain

Castle · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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 was one of the attractions I have visited while in Al Ain - I really enjoyed the entire area and learning about the history.  more »
  • The fort may stand in the centre of Al Ain but you could be forgiven thinking you had stepped back in time. The Fort houses a fascinating collection of photographs of Wilfred Thesiger. He is was an...  more »
  • Absolutely worth two visits! We went there twice!! Beautiful fort and art exhibits. Absolutely a must visit!  more »
  • Great place for a short visit. There is very little to do or see, largely because it is so unspoilt and as it was when still a fort. There is a section with a good exhibition of stories, photographs and artefacts about a mid century Lawrence of Arabia type adventurer. Very interesting.
  • nice place to visit. occasionally there are shows held inside. On normal days the Fort is open from 9am to 5pm. its walkable distance from the Jahili park.
  • It's worth a visit if history and old buildings are your thing. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. That's probably because Thesiger's related historical life. Very interesting.
  • Mentioned in top things to do in a Visit Abu Dhabi brochure, add Tripadvisor's top ten, this place is a go. We got there, there was a friendly guard, only to realise there was a big staff room inside where he instructed as to go. While extremely hot outside, through the welcoming area is an air conditioned section. Friendly staff, free dates that refreshes the day, and free tea to keep with the day's activities -- for my family -- I pass due to the heat. Took the water from the kitchen when offered. Hospitable staff consistent. We couldn't get to the top of the tower as we were told we can do -- or I misunderstood -- but we couldn't ask any more coz it was darn hot to go back and forth. Moving forward we appreciated the art of the old fort. Too hot we moved to the last section. I enjoyed it. The family's concern, 11 of us, was probably nobody else was there visiting so the awesome area appeared uninteresting. But I got my awesome no tourist photo shoot done. A place worth visiting. The exhibit was a work of love.
  • Good and courteous team. Appreciate that. Good and nicely preserved

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