The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), in partnership with Emirates Heritage Club and Emirates Falconers Club, will be hosting a series of morning and evening tours of the Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain throughout November and December.
Built during the reign of Sheikh Zayed the First, Al Jahili Fort is one of the largest forts in the UAE. The fort was completed in 1898 and became a summer residence for the rulers of Al Ain.
Tours, taking place every Sunday from 09:00 until 11:00, will begin in the footsteps of Sheikh Zayed the First at the Round Tower, granting visitors a glimpse into the history of the falaj (water channels) and Al Jahili Fort Mosque on the south side. The tour will visit the north side of the site, informing visitors on the history of the four towers and the square fort. From there, the tour will proceed to the entrance of the square building on the southern wall.
Tours also entail an explanation of the recent restoration work at the fort and include a visit to the fort’s two exhibition halls, one of which is for temporary exhibitions, while the other houses a permanent exhibition celebrating the travels of ‘Mubarak bin London’ (Wilfred Thesiger), who crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter twice in the 1940s. The tours end with an educational workshop for visitors.
Evening tours of the Al Jahili Fort will be held on November 23 and December 28 from 17:00 until 20:00. During these tours, visitors will experience an introductory session of falconry and will enjoy a visit to a traditional majlis (a sitting room for visitors), where they can enjoy traditional Emirati hospitality.