Al Jahili Fort
When you visit Abu Dhabi, always come with an idea of visiting off-beat places and you will find quite a few there. Al Jahili Fort is one of such destinations that carry great historical and cultural references of Abu Dhabi. Built with a dual purpose of security and ecological balance in the last decade of the Nineteenth century, it underlines the farsightedness of the rulers of that time. It is said that protecting mangroves was the objective behind constructing this magnificent building.
The elegance His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the fort has been identified as one of the oldest and huge forts of the UAE. The building had seen various transitions and the latest one 2006 when government decided to convert it into a permanent museum that will show the majestic past of the country to the tourists.
Structure of this building is unique and equally astonishing is the natural temperature control mechanism using cold water pipes along with the roof and the walls. These pipes maintain temperature in the range of 20 to 22 degree Celsius even in the hottest months of the year.
The design and sculpture of Al Jahili fort are just unique. The main structure is a square fort surrounded by a round tower. The southern part was the main entrance during ancient times, where special prose were written in the respect of Shiekh Zayed. During ancient times it was the prominent center of political and military activities. It was also the official residence of the Governor. The fort stands elegantly as the prime symbol of the power and strength of the UAE. Today, it is one of the hotspots for those who visit Abu Dhabi, the grand city
The accolade The palace has been recognized with a prestigious award ‘International Architecture Award’ for the best design and architecture. The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies has also awarded it.
Visit and admire the past If you are interested in the history and traditions of the UAE, then there is nothing better place than Al Jahiri fort. It gives a fair idea about the ancient lifestyle and culture of the Bedouin people who were the ‘sons of the soil’. The fort opens at 9AM local time and closes at 5PM local time. On Fridays, the timings are 3PM local time to 5PM local time and it is closed on Mondays.