Al Jahili Fort
Al Jahili Fort
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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 November 4, 2023
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WarrinerGeographer
Bloxham, UK128 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 March 11, 2020
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Ihar Beliauski
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates311 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 January 12, 2024
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Lee D
206 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 November 14, 2022
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Phil
Thessaloniki, Greece2,638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We really enjoyed visiting this fort. Its been restored to a great standard. Great small museum with a relaxing lounge free Arabian coffee and wifi. Currently also a photo and an art exhibition. Free entry. Plenty of parking nearby. 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi.
Written February 1, 2020
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Michael G
Sheffield, UK42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The fort is quite pretty, good photos beckon. Not really much history there.
The photo exhibition of Wilfred Thesiger was much more interesting than I had anticipated. Some great black and white photos of his travels in the region in the 1940s.
Only one book in English in the book store.
Worth popping in for an hour or so if you happen to be passing. Not sure I would make a special trip from Abu Dhabi.
Written February 5, 2020
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Håvar
Nairobi, Kenya389 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
The Al Jahili Fort counts among the top attractions of Al Ain. It is obviously a key part of of local and Emirati history.

The fort was built in 1891 to protect the Oasis and its date palms, a prized asset at the time. It has been neatly restored, and is worth a quick visit, along with a stroll in the park behind it. An ice cream there is probably not a bad idea either.. :)

There is not much to do or see other than the structure itself, though, and if you are looking for really impressive old forts and castles, I recommend the other side of the Oman border.

If you are in Al Ain, though, then no doubt that this should be on you to-do-list.
Written April 4, 2019
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Keri Hedrick
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
A nicely restored building with great photography exhibit. Not a great deal to see and do around the actual fort building, kids will enjoy having a little climb around but it's not huge, staff are helpful. The best part is the Wilfred Thesiger exhibit if you want to see more of the country and history pre-federation.
Written November 23, 2018
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Janette W
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Interesting buildings and a well presented photographic exhibition, good facilities and right in town centre of Al Ain
Written December 20, 2016
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jojo
Navi Mumbai, India2,700 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
With much historical importance highlights the heritage of UAE, having exhibitions and beautiful architecture is properly maintained.
Written November 21, 2015
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