Historic Sites in United Arab Emirates

Historic Sites in United Arab Emirates, Middle East

United Arab Emirates Historic Sites

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  • WarrinerGeographer
    Bloxham, UK139 contributions
    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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  • MARY A
    Bengaluru, India110 contributions
    Liked the place. A bit tough but a good climb. Well maintained fort. Good view below. And the limestone mountain behind. Very far from Dubai. You have to time it so that you reach either early morning or early evening. Worth a visit
    Written December 30, 2021
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  • Mayssaa K
    Dibba Al Fujairah, United Arab Emirates672 contributions
    Dibba is a small quiet village where the population is not so big...
    You can enjoy sitting at the park, have a walk by the beach or having breakfast there...
    It’s relaxing, romantic and enjoyable...
    Tourist visit it often to enjoy far pace away from crowds and traffic...
    Written June 9, 2019
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  • Ben H
    Corte Madera, CA30 contributions
    Absolutely the best thing we did in Abu Dhabi, hands down. If you have any desire to learn more about Falcons and Falconry this is a must-do. Our guide, Hassan, was incredibly knowledgeable but just as importantly, funny! He was able to keep a crowd that spoke at least four different languages, engaged for the entire tour. It was amazing to be up close and personal to witness a bird “pedicure” and also to watch a feeding from very close up. Even watching a surgery in action was amazing and shows how much these birds are really cared for.

    I can’t say it enough: do this tour!
    Written April 19, 2022
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  • Ade
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
    Shows how the people lived and communities, buildings, trades etc. It can be covered between 30 to 45 minutes, cost is 5aed per person.
    Written May 10, 2021
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  • susan2909
    Aberdeen, UK1,010 contributions
    The abandoned town is just that, nice but nothing special. The adjacent outdoors art exhibition however is splendid!!! Well worth a look at that.
    Written April 14, 2022
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  • Wes H
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates71 contributions
    Very well restored fort in isolated, but easily accessible part of the east coast of the UAE. Kept spotless by the staff. Not open Friday morning. Well worth a slight detour from the Shajah Kalba road.
    Written July 22, 2020
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  • Expat Adrian
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates666 contributions
    Little historically could be found about Sakamkam Fort? Some sites say it was built in the 19th century with one stating that this castle was built by Hamad bin Abdullah al-Sharqi who was headman of Fujairah in 1879. It’s a bit of an ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure to reach the Fort, you will need to drive off bitumen road and onto dirt road to get to it however Google Maps will get you to the front gate no problems. Currently free to enter, no guide present.
    Written October 1, 2020
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  • sunny_riverside
    Boston, MA33 contributions
    This is a great historical fort located in Masafi in the UAE. If you like history and don't mind roughing it a bit, the drive will be worth it.

    Know before you go:

    There is ample parking, but zero handicap accessibility.

    Travel either with a local or a tour company. The fort is literally located on a dirt side road behind some village homes. If you don't know where it is, you won't find it.

    There is one caretaker/security guard, but nothing is labeled. Google information on the fort or ask the caretaker if you speak Arabic.

    Wear jeans/pants and sneakers. This is a dirt road, a rocky incline, and some parts of the fort you're welcome to climb up, but the steps are narrow and sandstone. Do not wear dresses, skirts or sandals, you WILL fall!

    Dress modestly and be respectful of the area. You are in a small village and close to Masafi Market where you can shop with the locals. You don't near to wear hijab, but don't show up in short shorts and a bikini top, either. They sell souvenirs, food, produce, tea sets and woodcarvings on the cheap.

    Travel with lots of water. The drive is long and hot, and you are far from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Include this in a trip to see other things, as visiting the fort can take only 1/2 hour to an hour.
    Written August 20, 2018
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  • Rachel027
    Bristol16 contributions
    As the oldest building in Abu Dhabi this restored fort is a reminder of just how fast this city has grown. There is a picture in one of the upstairs rooms of the fort when it was built - it is the only substantial building surrounded by desert. Today, it is surrounded by skyscrapers and shopping malls. We visited on a quiet evening and really appreciated the chance to take our time. The exhibits and displays are all quite personal and relate to the ruling family. Anecdotes and stories brought the city’s development to life for me.
    Written December 23, 2021
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  • sssteveg
    Haifa, Israel1,572 contributions
    Heritage Village is a recreated traditional village, oasis, and market located right on the water's edge. This was not on our bucket list, but our driver suggested we visit as we had a few minutes to spare. It's a family friendly place, good for a short visit. We came, we saw, we took a picture or 2, and went on our way.
    Written February 19, 2022
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  • Dr PAR506
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates238 contributions
    Our whole family really liked Al Darmaki Fort. We all found it traditional, historic and atmospheric. Also, it was rather thought provoking about the past. Great!
    Written May 16, 2019
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  • Vladimir M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,231 contributions
    Fort Al-Murabba was built in 1948 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan. It was just a rectangular tower. It’s served as a watchtower and a place to stay for the guards. Later it housed the local administration of Al Ain. By the end of the 1960s, the tower was surrounded by a defensive wall, forming a large rectangular courtyard.
    Unfortunately, at present, the fort Al-Murabba cannot be visited, since it is closed for restoration. You can only see it from the outside.
    Written February 12, 2019
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  • Dr PAR506
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates238 contributions
    My boys loved this. They were lost in their thoughts and dreams. Somehow they ended up talking about the French Foreign Legion and forts in the desert on the way back in the car! They loved it.
    Written May 16, 2019
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  • Vladimir M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,231 contributions
    Mezyad Fort is located southwest of the village of the same name, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is located under the mountain Jebel Hafeet and just 650 meters from the border with Oman.
    This rather large fort was built in the 19th century. During the 20th century it was a frontier post. During the 1950s, a garrison of True Oman Scouts was housed here.
    This is a square Fort with round towers at 3 corners. It was built of earthen bricks and boulders; palm trunks were used for ceilings. On the inside of the curtain walls are a large number of rooms. In the 1980s, it was completely restored. At present, the territory around the Fort has been turned into a plantation of date palms. Therefore, the plantation guard categorically forbade me to drive to the Fort. While on the Internet, the Fort is designated as a historical monument, accessible to the public.
    Written April 3, 2019
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