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BAIT MOHAMMED BIN KHALIFA

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A HOME FOR THE COMMUNITY

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Discover this historic home in Al Ain, restored and repurposed as a vibrant community centre.
Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa is a historic house located within the World Heritage site of the Cultural Sites of Al Ain. The house is a community centre for residents and visitors and has a permanent exhibition celebrating the nation’s social and architectural past from the 1950s and 1960s. Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa houses an arts education centre, a diverse public events programme, an onsite cafe and a bakery.
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HISTORY

The house was built in 1958 for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (1909–79), father-in-law of the nation’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and grandfather of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

 

It was built during the United Arab Emirates’ Transition Period (the 1930s to 1960s), when rapid growth inspired national economic and social transformation. Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa, which merged traditional architecture and design with modern materials and building techniques, is a notable symbol of this period. Its lived-in experience also reflected the balance between tradition and modernity. Although closer to a contemporary home than a traditional fort, the late Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan kept traditions alive by opening his home to the community.

 

This communal approach made the house a landmark in Al Ain. However, the illustrious lineage of the late Sheikh also transformed it into a national landmark. Now, after being carefully restored, Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa has resumed its legacy as a vibrant community centre and a creative space for residents and tourists alike.

Timeline

1930-2021

1930s–60s

The UAE’s Transition Period — a time of rapid economic growth as well as social and cultural transformation.

1930s–60s

1958

Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa is built for the late Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. It blends traditional architectural styles with modern materials and building techniques.

1958

2017–20

Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa undergoes extensive restoration works.

2017–20

2021

Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa reopens to the public as a community centre.

2021

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Did You Know?

● The house was built at the height of the United Arab Emirates’ Transition Period (the 1930s to 1960s).

● Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan used to host the community of Al Ain at his house.

● At the time of its construction, local architecture was rapidly evolving. The house is a blend of traditional and modern construction techniques, symbolic of the era.

Location Details

Address

Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa, Al Mu’tarid area

Zayed bin Sultan Street, Al Ain

Open Hours

Saturday to Thursday: 10AM – 8PM;

Friday: 2PM – 10PM

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