The capital and second-largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates is the bustling locality of Abu Dhabi. Considered to be one of the most developed areas of the Middle East, Abu Dhabi is a hub of political, cultural, and commercial affairs in the region. It is also home to a wide range of cultural and recreational attractions which have made Abu Dhabi a popular tourist destination as well.
Of the many historic landmarks of Abu Dhabi, one which is considered to be symbolic of military might and prowess is the Al Jahili Fort. Located in the south of Al Ain City, Al Jahili Fort is one of Abu Dhabi’s most historic sites, which has been preserved and restored to a grander state than it has ever been. The fort is a great place to experience the heritage of the region, while also observing the architectural and military prowess of 18th and 19th century Abu Dhabi.
Built in 1898 by Sheikh Zayed for the purpose of fighting off foreign invaders and protecting the precious palm groves of Al Ain, the Al Jalili Fort is surely one of the most popular tourist attractions of the area. Over the years, the fortress has played a great part in the security of the region and was also the headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts and the house of the local Governor. These scouts were responsible for the maintenance of inter-tribal peace and harmony and thus played an important part in local governance.
One can witness the marvelously constructed stone structure of the fort which consists of a 1300m2 courtyard and many small watch towers. The architecture and design of the fort has been marveled by visitors of the fort, and is sure to give you great insights of ancient architecture and engineering. One of the highlights of the fort is that it houses a permanent exhibition of the works and findings of Sir Wilfred Thesiger, including a dedication to him by the 1940 crossing of the Rub Al Khali.
If you are seeking quality accommodation during your stay here, consider checking into one of the newest resorts Abu Dhabi has to offer visitors, which is the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas. Nestled inside the Arabian Wildlife Park, this luxury resort offers accommodation in a range of stylish Abu Dhabi villas. The resort also provides its signature Anantara spa treatments, a range of exquisite restaurants, and many leisure services, making it ideal for a relaxed vacation.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.