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Pictures of Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.) : Al Jaheli Fort, date farmer, and camels in the desert.

Al Jaheli Fort in Abu Dhabi
Al Jaheli Fort (also spelled Al Jahili Fort) in Abu Dhabi - aerial.                                                                         © ADTA

Architectural Heritage of Abu Dhabi 

Abu Dhabi’s rich historic past is evidenced by scores of restored mud fortresses across the emirate. Forts dot the landscape, easily recognisable from their characteristic ochre walls and turreted towers. Although originally built to protect water sources, their elaborate architectural features also exude a sense of desert romance.  

 

It’s worth visiting the 200-year-old Al Maqtaa Fort - on the right as you drive over Maqtaa Bridge towards Abu Dhabi city and now a tourism authority visitor centre - in Al Ain Sultan Fort and the magnificently restored Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain. All are free to enter. 

 

The picturesque Al Jaheli Fort was once home to the late ruler of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is is one of the most famous historical forts in the UAE. 

 

The fort was erected in 1898 by Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (Zayed the First, 1855–1909) to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. It was the headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept peace with the local tribesmen, it also served as a residence for the local governor. 

 

It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore the exterior. It has been carefully restored and now houses a permanent exhibition of the work of British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger – whom the locals affectionately refer to as Mubarak Bin London – and his 1940s crossings of the Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) desert. 


Camels in the desert in Abu Dhabi.
Camels in the desert in Abu Dhabi.                                                                                                                     © ADTA


Desert Safari in
Abu Dhabi 

Enjoy an afternoon tour of Abu Dhabi’s desert and discover the natural landscape beauty of the emirate. The tour can include a thrilling and unique drive over sand dunes, camel riding, sand boarding and an unforgettable desert BBQ dinner. 


Date farmer in Abu Dhabi
Date farmer in Abu Dhabi.                                                                                                                               © ADTA

Date crops 

Liwa lies in the south of the emirate on the edge of the Empty Quarter near the border with Oman. It is renowned for its date crops. The abundance of groundwater in the numerous oases throughout this region means year-round crops for farmers.

The Liwa Date Festival, held every summer in the oasis town in the south of Abu Dhabi, set the world record for the largest stainless steel plate of dates in 2008 (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). The plate was 12m long and 2m wide.
 

There are more than 16 million date palms growing in Abu Dhabi emirate. The UAE produces roughly 250,000 tonnes of dates per year.


 

Links

Tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi city & Al Ain
find here information about things to do in abu dhabi city and al ain.
Tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi: Al Gharbia & Liwa
find here more information about tourist attractions in al gharbia and liwa (Abu dhabi).
Culture and heritage in Abu Dhabi
you find here additional information about historical buildings (incl. al jahili fort), archaeological sites, and museums in abu dhabi.

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