Qasr Al Muwaiji was home to generations of the Al Nahyan family, and saw the birth of Sheikh Khalifa in 1948.
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is functioned not just as a home and an oasis in the desert but also as a place of rule and a focus for the community. The architectural gem offers its visitors a variety of historical and traditional experiences associated with the venue, including oral narrations of the significant moments of Sheikh Khalifa’s life from his early childhood, leadership and vast national achievements.
Different interactive activities, events and performances make Qasr Al Muwaiji an important part of UAE’s cultural heritage and a must-visit attraction for those visiting Al Ain. This architectural marvel stands offers tourists a historical learning experience. Oral narrations takes you through the life of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Visitors can learn more about his childhood, style of leadership and vast achievements.
Qasr Al Muwaiji is almost a 100-year-old structure built by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Khalifa. This unique and striking building. The square enclosure, projecting corner towers and the grand entrance make it stand out from other structures in the city. A diwan used to be seated here to take up discussion of the community’s interest.
In the year 1946, H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was appointed Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain. Thereby, it became his seat of power and family home. During this entire period, lot many additions were made to Qasr Al Muwaiji as its importance grew in the region. The Thediwan, kitchens, and guest rooms were enlarged so they could host visitors who came for official business. The mosque was also almost rebuilt. People used to gather, pray and celebrate together at Qasr Al Muwaiji as it was one of the seats of royal power.
After years of extensive work, in 2015, Qasr Al Muwaiji was ready to welcome clients for the general public. Renowned architects Machado and Silvetti Associates designed the exhibition space.
Visitors can learn about the grand effort made by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed in improving the international stature of Abu Dhabi. From the photographs, videos, lighting system and a touch screen timeline board installed here, you can learn more about the history of this area in general in English or Arabic.
There is no Qasr Al Muwaiji entry fee. A visit to this historically and culturally significant landmark is free of cost. You can also book guided tours at the fort. Moreover, for any Qasr al Muwaiji information, you can call the contact number. Residents of Dubai or Abu Dhabi can plan an Al Ain holiday over a weekend. For tourists, it can be ideal to take a two days visit for this small city in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi.
Tue to Thurs: 09:00 – 19:00
Fri: 15:00 – 19:00
Sat: 09:00 – 07:00
Qasr Al Muwaiji
Khalifa Bin Zayed St
Al Ain – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 3 767 4444
Photo courtesy: www.qasralmuwaiji.ae/en/
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