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Significant for its association with the life and story of Sheikh Zayed.

Al Ain Palace Museum originally functioned as the residence of the UAE’s ruling families and the ruler’s administrative centre. 

Al Ain Palace was built in 1937 and then extended by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who used it as his residence until 1966. It was heavily renovated and converted to a house museum in 2001. Some of the original architectural features typical of Al Ain’s Transition Period can still be seen in the Palace.

The museum is a cultural and historical location where visitors can experience the Emirati way of life in the 20th century, and learn about the private and political life of the ruling family, especially that of Sheikh Zayed. The restoration added two new buildings to the complex, one of which houses administrative offices and a section that displays artefacts gifted to the museum by the local community. The other building shows the Al Nahyan family tree, providing knowledge of the country’s rulers and their lineage.

A large, modern tent in the museum complex is a reminder of the traditional tent that Sheikh Zayed used to receive guests. The tent mirrors Bedouin tradition and Arab hospitality. A courtyard in the museum has a Land Rover, similar to the ones Sheikh Zayed preferred using for his travels across the desert.


Timeline

1937-1994

1937

The Al Ain Palace is built as a complex of private and public areas featuring residences for the ruling family and administrative buildings. 

1937

1966

The last year for the palace to function as the ruling family’s residence.

1966

1998

Sheikh Zayed commissions the restoration of the entire palace complex, adding two new buildings and retaining the original architectural style throughout the complex.

1998

2000

The restoration is completed and the palace is converted into a museum.

2000

2001

The museum is opened to the public.

2001

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Did You Know?

The internal gate of the palace is decorated with Arabic inscriptions from the Quran, the English translation for one of which reads, "Enter here in peace and security”.

The Museum is included in the World Heritage Site of Al Ain as a core component and is physically located within the buffer zone of Al Ain Oasis

Location Details

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Hessa Bint Mohamed St, Al Mutawaa,
Al Ain - Abu Dhabi

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Daily 8.30am to 7pm, except Monday (closed)

Friday - 3pm to 7pm 

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