One of the landmarks of Abu Dhabi,
The Al Hosn Palace, commonly known as the White Fort, dates back
over 200 years. Home of the former ruling family it is the oldest
building in Abu Dhabi. The Palace is also home to the Cultural Foundation
where many interesting exhibits of traditional artefacts and photographs
are displayed. The courtyard and tile work over the main gate are
The village is situated in the middle of Abu Dhabi
and is a living exhibition of the lifestyle and traditions of Bedouin
and other culture's.
About a five hour drive from the city of Abu Dhabi is Liwa,
one of the largest oasis in Arabia and a gateway to Rub Al Khali
or Empty Quarter. The place makes
a refreshing change with freshwater pools and date plantations. It is also
home to the Bedu people, known for their hospitality.
Close to Al Ain, is this craggy mountain rising steeply from
the surrounding desert. An area noted for its flora and fauna
(it is one of the last remaining habitats of the rare Arabian
tahr), the mountain can be accessed by excellent roads which
wind its way right upto the summit, providing a panaromic view
of the Empty Quarter. Also of interest are the numerous caves,
sites of archaeological excavations, and Ain Al Fayda, a top
health resort located over a natural hot spring.
Location within the confines of Al Jahili fort, the nation's
largest museum is divided into ethnological and historical sections.
Interesting displays include Bedouin artifacts, archaeological
excavations of 2700 BC, 500 BC stone instruments and relics dug
up from Fossil Valley.
Zoos and parks have played an important role in saving certain species,
which were on the - brink of extinction in the wild. So the modern
Zoo's code is "Conservation, education, research and entertainment.
In realizing this, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al nayhan
issued instructions to establish Al-Ain Zoo & Aquarium in 1968.
Since 1992, several breeding programs have been established in order
to save certain animal species from extinction through captive breeding & some
have been saved already.
This small, beautiful sylvan oasis studded with
date palms and fruit orchards and located on the edge of Al Ain
is noted for its archaeological sites. Some of the ancient relics
found here, including beautiful gold jewellery, have been displayed
today in the Al Ain museum.
Located in the Khalidiya Street, the foundation
houses a weekly art exhibition, library, theatre auditorium, and
lecture rooms. The centre is considered as the cultural heartbeat
of the city.
A park-lined coastal boulevard that skirts the city, with a
backdrop of modern buildings facing the sea, it is one of the
most picturesque sites in Abu Dhabi.