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Timings : 9:00 - 17:00 (Saturday -Thursday) 3:00 - 17:00 (Friday) Monday: Closed

Entry Fee : Free

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Al Jahili Fort, Abu Dhabi Overview

One of the historic structures of UAE, Al Jahili Fort presents a picture-perfect view nestled amid natural beauty. The fort is adorned with a museum exhibiting the work of British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger.

Established in year 1891, Al Jahili Fort if one of the most remarkable buildings in UAE, which was erected in order to protect the city and its prized palm groves. The fort snuggles amid the gorgeous manicured gardens offering sight that will leave you awed. The place was once the headquarters of the force that was created to protect the mountain pass and keep inter tribal peace, the Oman Trucial Scout,s as well as, residence of the local governor. 

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Restaurants and Eateries

There are ample eateries at the fort. A few of them are:
  • Al Noor Restaurant
  • Quickstops Cafe
  • Palm Sports Resort Restaurant

History of Al Jahili Fort

In the 19th century, the ruler at the time, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa moved to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi to escape the harsh humid climate of the coast. He was the leader of the Bani Yas Tribe and ordered to build the Al Jahili Fort from where he would control the tribespeople in the area.

With construction beginning in 1891, the fort was finally completed in 1898. After Sheikh Zayed died, his eldest son decided to remain ruling Al Ain and continued to live at the fort. Without much information on what happened, the fort was abandoned later.

In the 1950s, the British occupied the fort and made it their central headquarters while they added more structures to the enclosure. This was occupied by the British till 1970.

How To Reach Al Jahili Fort

By Car: 
It is located 150 kms from Abu Dhabi city. Enter on Al Ain Road all the way to Al Ain City. 

By Bus:
There is no direct bus to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi. Take a bus from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai. From There, you will be able to take a direct bus to Al Madina Petrol Station in Al Ain City. It is just a 15 minute walk from the bus stop to the fort. 
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