Old Forts and Ruins of Abu Dhabi

Surprisingly one gets to experience the archaeological discovery of an old monastery lying in its ruins at the Yas Island claimed to have been built in the 6th century AD. It is believed to be the only non Islamic site in the UAE.

One gets to experience the Al Ain Jahili fort on the island of Al Ain originally built in the 19th century to protect the oasis and the city life, it also was the home of the late ruler of Dubai Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan. A visit to the camel market near the fort is worth a visit. Another great site to visit is the Sheikh Zayed Palace museum is beautiful homely palace where Sheik Zayed grew up.

The Al Ain old prison is a reminder of a prison in a beautiful white fort. There are gardens and a prison tower. The fort is strongly covered on all sides with thick walls. In this modern day it is open for visitors and the illuminated structure shines brilliantly at night.

Al Hosn Palace also known as the white fort is one of the oldest buildings in Abu Dhabi built in the 1700’s. This fort maintains its old charm from outside nevertheless from inside it has been modernised to accommodate the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation the centre for documentation and research. The palace houses a museum showcasing traditional artefacts and photo documentaries. The museum gives us insight into the wildlife of UAE, with its main focus on the wildlife of desert. Then there is the historical walkthrough in the history of UAE especially Abu Dhabi. There is a treasury of age old weapons and tools on display at the tower.