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The Qasr al Muwaiji

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The Qaṣr al-Muwaiji: Diwan of the Al Nahayyan in the al-Ain, Buraimi Oasis
The Qaṣr al-Muwaijʿī in al-ʿAin is the birth-place of HH Shaikh Khalīfa b. Zāyid Āl Nahayyān, President of the UAE. Since 2009. 

ADACH has been working on a major conservation and development project at the Qaṣr al-Muwaijʿī that will include a permanent exhibition celebrating his life and times. The Historic Environment Department of ADACH has carried out archaeological investigations and monitoring throughout this project, as well as an assessment of the historical sources and archive photographs relating to the site. The results of this work will be presented within the permanent exhibition and will also be published in due course. In the meantime, thispaper aims to provide a preliminary overview of the historical background, original function and subsequent development of the fort, with a particular focus on the historical and archaeological evidence for the period of occupation of the fort by the late Shaikh Zāyid b. Sulṭān Āl Nahayyān from 1946-1966. 

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