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This oasis is the northernmost in the Al Ain district and features twin watchtowers as well as a fortified house from the early 1800s
Hili Oasis, the northernmost oasis in Al Ain, covers an area of 60 hectares and contains approximately 40,000 mature palm trees over 252 farmed plots. The oasis contains several historic structures, including two watchtowers, and a fortified house built in the early 1800s.


The Bin Hadi al Darmaki House stands at the centre of Hili Oasis and offers a good example of the fortified tower houses of the early 1800s that guarded oases at the time. The house consists of a rectangular enclosure with a large square tower at one corner.


The oasis features a Falaj irrigation system, which uses underground water canals to bring water from the nearby mountains to the oasis. 
Al Hili Oasis

The Hili Watchtowers 

Although commissioned by different patrons, both towers – built just 56 metres apart – serve a common aim: to form a protective gateway to Hili village and its vital water supply. Both towers are built of materials found locally, including mud brick, palm trunks and fronds. 

The square tower known as the Sheikh Zayed Murabbaa, was built at the command of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The tower stands on top of a man-made earth mound, and has the classic features of the defensive murabbaa (Arabic for ‘square’) tower. Its role was to protect the village of Hili. The ground floor has no windows and contains a wooden staircase leading to the battlements, from where guards kept watch over the surrounding area.

Approximately 50 metres away, the 7.4-metre-high round watch tower known as Seebat Khalifa Bin Nahyan dominates another earth mound of similar height and diameter. Built during the late 19th century, Seebat is the older of the two towers. It also served to protect the village and its vital water supply. 

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Archaeological evidence broadly supports a late 18th century or early 19th century date for the foundation of the Bin Hadi House.

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Mohammad Bin Khalifa St, 120 St

Near Um AlEmarat School

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