Al Jahili Fort
Al Jahili Fort
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Ihar Beliauski
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Al Jahili Fort stands as a testament to the region's history, offering visitors a glimpse into its storied past. One of the delightful surprises is the captivating landscape surrounding the fort. The views are truly enchanting, providing a picturesque backdrop that adds to the allure of the historical site. Exploring the fort becomes an immersive experience, as the surroundings contribute to the overall charm and make a visit to Al Jahili Fort a rewarding journey through both time and nature.
Written 12 January 2024
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David S
Banbury, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a splendid historic fort in the heart of Al Ain, with a fascinating permanent exhibition celebrating the travels of Wilfred Thesiger through the Empty Quarter. The fort itself is impressive, dating back over a century, and there is a good video documenting the conversation techniques used in its partial reconstruction. At present there is also a small temporary exhibition showcasing buildings similarly built of rammed earth around the world. A personal highlight though was the permanent collection of photographs and exhibits from the two expeditions undertaken by Thesiger during the late 1940s. Truly a different era.
Written 4 November 2023
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Absolutely loved this fort, the history behind it and the temporary exhibition on the British explorer that crossed the empty quarter not once but twice on foot with local tribal guides. Absolute must for anyone interested in such off-the-beaten path things!
Written 16 April 2023
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70ava
Beijing, China1,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The desert earthen architecture at its best. Have a look at the 15 minute restoration movie before you take a walk around the fort and you will appreciate the excellence of the work that was done here much more. Great place for those who admire architecture.
Written 14 February 2023
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intothefringe
Birmingham, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A private tour to see one of the biggest mud structures in the Middle east. The history of the fort and the politics of the city the UAE rulers came from. Inside there was a special exhibition of Bin London or Wilfred Thesiger's journeys in the UAE and Oman. Great pictures and maps of bygone days.
Written 13 February 2023
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
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 turned into a Museum, which exhibits black and white photos from the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger, a highly respected citizen in the area and beyond for having lived as the locals and later disclosed the cultural aspects of the area. There were also some rather interesting artefats on display.
Written 24 November 2022
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Lee D
209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
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 exhibitions. Free admission, toilet facilities and ample parking.
Written 14 November 2022
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BeeLittle
Downers Grove, IL1,623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was one of the attractions I have visited while in Al Ain - I really enjoyed the entire area and learning about the history.
Written 10 August 2020
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WarrinerGeographer
Bloxham, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
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 amazing eccentric character that travelled through The Empty Quarter with Bedu people. Stunning life. We had the fort almost to ourselves. Such a fascinating hour or so.
Written 11 March 2020
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Kelly
Dubai, United Arab Emirates20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Absolutely worth two visits! We went there twice!! Beautiful fort and art exhibits. Absolutely a must visit!
Written 21 February 2020
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