Al Jahili Fort


Al Jahili Fort was built in 1898 under the rule of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nayhan (1855 – 1909). An adobe (mud brick) construction, it fulfilled a number of roles – as a residence for the ruling family when summer’s high temperatures and humidity dominated coastal areas, and a stronghold positioned to protect water resources, namely the oases .

Today the fort also houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to intrepid explorer and author, Wilfred Thesiger, who traversed and survived the harshness of the Empty Quarter and its desert wilderness.

Al Jahili Fort is likely to interest individuals who are looking to know more about late 19th and early to mid-20th Century history of the United Arab Emirates, and understand its connection to local cultures and the surrounding environment.

Archaeological sites and historical monuments.
Abu Dhabi
Al Ain
Al Jahili Fort is found within Castle Park, Al Mutawaa area, between Zayed Bin Sultan Street to the north and Sultan Bin Zayed Al Awwal Street to the south.
Al Jahili Fort is open daily, save for Mondays.
Parking. Food and beverage outlets are found in and around the Castle Park.
Appropriate outdoors clothing and footwear.
Witnessing cultural heritage, history and understanding perspectives between man and the local environment.
All year round.
Open from 9 am to 5 pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. From 3 pm to 5 pm on Friday. Monday closed.
Entrance to Al Jahili Fort is free.
Enquiries by telephone can be made by contacting Al Jahili Fort on +971 3 711 8311.