Take a culture-drenched tour of the Qasr Al Muwaiji
Towers, memoirs, and historical grandeur await…
There is an entire culturally significant side to the UAE that many of us are yet to discover. One such time-tested jewel from the UAE’s past is the Qasr Al Muwaiji.
At the western approach to Al Ain city, this landmark is a deeper insight into the nation’s history and heritage. Less than two hours away from Abu Dhabi, this fascinating structure has evolved over the decades, since it was first built. A sturdy example of 20th century mudbrick architecture, Qasr Al Muwaiji comprises projecting corner towers, a grandiose entrance and several beautiful additions that have been added over the years. It also encompasses a gate facing the famous Al Muwaiji Oasis.
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During his tenure, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan added a diwan and a kitchen among other additions, and expanded the mosque alongside the structure’s growing significance. In 2011, the fort became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace courtyard of the Qasr Al Muwaiji exhibition relives stories of the palace and its inhabitants, describing the journey of the Abu Dhabi ruling family in detail.
The Qasr Al Muwaiji was built in the time of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Zayed the First (r. 1855–1909) and his son, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. It also became the home and administrative base for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, studded with historical and cultural significance, facing an oasis – the ideal weekend visit for capital-dwellers.
Qasr Al Muwaiji, Khalifa bin Zayed Street, Al Ain 9am to 7pm Sat to Thurs, 3pm to 7pm Fri, closed Mon. Tel: 0(3) 711 8222, abudhabiculture.ae
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