Historic Qasr Al Muwaiji to open doors as museum celebrating birthplace of President Sheikh Khalifa

ABU DHABI, 5th November, 2015 (WAM) — As a symbol of Abu Dhabi’s heritage and a component of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Ain, Qasr Al Muwaiji, birthplace of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will open later this month as a museum and exhibition celebrating his leadership, and as a monument to the progress of the nation.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and following an elaborate conservation process undertaken by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Muwaiji will present a permanent exhibition and a public programme which explores Al Ain’s influence on the culture, tradition and history of the United Arab Emirates.

As a historic fort and place of rule within the city of Al Ain, Qasr Al Muwaiji was home to generations of the Al Nahyan family, including His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was born there in 1948.

A permanent exhibition dedicated to Sheikh Khalifa will tell the story of significant moments in his early childhood, his leadership and his vast national achievements. The exhibition will also highlight the chronology of the members of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family associated with Qasr al Muwaiji, and the history and progression of the Al Nahyan family.

The museum’s permanent exhibition will tell the story of the fort, from the earliest archaeological traces of life at the oasis, through to the present day. Over its history, two distinct themes emerge, that of leadership, and that of traditional Emirati values, which have distinguished the people of the oasis for centuries and characterised their leaders.

Qasr Al Muwaiji will once again open its doors to the people of Al Ain and the wider community this month. Through a curated public programme of interactive activities and performances, visitors will be introduced to the fort and its history, highlighting the ongoing rehabilitation and preservation measures, and celebrating the overall spirit of the significant cultural site.