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Qasr Al Watan
An ode to Abu Dhabi’s Arab heritage, Qasr Al Watan is a working presidential palace open to the public. Here, guests learn about the history of the United Arab Emirates, its traditions and its values. The majestic halls of the palace showcase Arab contributions to various fields of knowledge and offer a glimpse into the interiors of halls usually reserved for official summits. It is also home to the Qasr Al Watan Library and House of Knowledge, where visitors can explore an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, and other resources. Additionally, each evening the palace hosts a sound and light show celebrating the UAE journey.
Built in the 1890s under the orders of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Al Jahili Fort is the former home of members of the Al Nahyan ruling family. Located in the historic city of Al Ain, this fort was opened to the public in 2008. At Al Jahili Fort, guests get a glimpse of a typical and traditional Abu Dhabi aristocratic house. In addition, this cultural center houses a gallery of temporary exhibitions and a permanent exhibition dedicated to Sir Wilfred Thesiger, a 1940s explorer who twice crossed the largest mass of sand in the world, the Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali).
Al Ain Oasis
Located in the heart of Al Ain, Al Ain Oasis is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United Arab Emirates. This verdant oasis covers 1,200 hectares and has 147,000 date palms and fruit trees, including mango, banana and fig trees. It offers a unique insight into how locals began farming the Rub’ al Khali desert 4,000 years ago. You will be able to see a traditional falaj, an ancient irrigation system that still feeds the local meadows and fruit trees.