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Entry Fee : Free

Timings : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Saturday to Thursday) 
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM ( Friday)
It is closed on Mondays.

Qasr Al Muwaiji, Abu Dhabi Overview

The beautiful mud-brick fort is located on the western side of Abu Dhabi. Built in the early 20th century, it has always been closely associated with the politics of the country throughout history. The fort is the birthplace of the current ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Qasr Al Muwaiji is an interesting place for tourists and locals to learn more about the life and history of the present and the former ruler of Abu Dhabi. It offers a range of workshops and events for those who wish to know about U.A.E's history. The exhibition, courtyard and the oasis are definitely worth a visit too.

The fort was built during the reign of Zayed bin Khalifa the First, by his son.  It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012 after its restoration to conserve it. The architecture is simple yet very awe-inspiring, a square enclosed in the middle was used as the diwan.

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Exhibition

The exhibition is a celebration of the life of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and the contributions he made for the United Arab Emirates. It also tells the history of the region. It also gives you an overview of the region and how it has evolved over the years. One also gets to learn about the chronological history of the place from the excavations that were made over this place during 2009. One is not allowed to take food and drinks inside the exhibition area.

Muwaiji Oasis

The smallest Oasis in Al Ain, it is a beauty in its own right and has over 21,000 palm trees. It uses the falaj irrigation, which draws water from the nearby mountains through groundwater and underground water canal.

Guided Tours

1.Daily Tours

The fort authorities conduct daily tours telling you about the history of the fort along with taking you around the whole complex.

2. Group Tours

It has tours which are ideal for options for families and or school groups.

3. Audio Tours

Audio guides are also available until one hour before closing time at the reception desk.

Workshops

The authorities hold the following workshops and sessions on different art forms. 

-The Falconer's Camp which will enrich your knowledge of Falconry. It is held every Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
-An excavation workshop which tells you more about the excavation work which has been done at the fort. It is conducted every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 
-Yalsa is a workshop for learning more about the mannerisms of Emirati Majlis. It is conducted every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
-Other events that will be taking place in the fort include Ayyala and Harbiya Performances and Restoration Workshop.

Facilities

-Parking space is available.
-Access for persons with disabilities is also available.
-In case of groups bigger than 10, especially for school outings, it will be advisable to book your parking space and guided tours in advance.

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