Al Jahili Fort - Al Ain, UAE

This much restored fortress, surrounded by some tranquil, shaded gardens in the central city, dates back to 1891 and was once an important defensive feature protecting the town from attack. Today, it's one of Al Ain's major points of interest, and inside its stocky golden-bricked bulk, you'll find an exhibit devoted to photographs depicting the life and work of British adventurer, desert explorer, and writer Wilfred Thesiger, with a particular focus on his journeys into the Empty Quarter during the 1940s.

 
The fort's ramparts and towers can be climbed for views, and a video explains all about the fort's restoration in the information center.
 
Address: Sultan bin Zayed I Street, Al Ain

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