Friday, April 1, 2011

My unsual birthday treat: A late afternoon visit to "The Dawn of History" at Al Jahili Fort

As promised, here is the continuation of my post regarding the unique birthday treat for myself.

We didn't plan to visit the exhibition at Al Jahili Fort on the said date. It was a spur of the moment decision of yours truly. Since it was my natal day, nobody dared to argue. Hubby, JM and Joel were all cooperative. They all knew that I have a thing for museums and history.

About an hour before the exhibition space built next to Al Jahili Fort close its doors for the tourists and visitors, we had a walk around at the ultra modern museum. Looking at the exterior, nobody will think that the interior is exceptionally beautiful and uniquely built with good ventilation. At the entrance, we were guided by some of the employees of ADACH. Tickets were issued to us although there's no entrance fee. I believe that the tickets were given to count the number of visitors.

I was about to start walking around the museum when I noticed this tray with tea cups, teapot and date fruits in one of the corners of the entrance. For nearly six years of living here in the Emirates, I have learned that offering of tea and date fruits to visitors are part of Emirati hospitality.

These boxes caught my attention when I started walking around at the museum. I learned from Mr.Ali Saleh that these were used in the 1950's to 1960's when there was no museum in Abu Dhabi. All finds that were excavated by the archeologists were packed into boxes and shipped to the museum in Denmark for conservation. In 1971, most of the archeological finds were returned to the UAE  after the opening of Al Ain National Museum.

For someone like me with such great interest in Emirati history, I have been to several forts, museums and parks where history can be unfold. I remember asking one of the employees if the things and tools inside the housed glass were replicas or the real ones. I find the replicas of Hili Grand Tomb and the Hafit grave amazing. These are the rest of the photos. Enjoy!
left: Joel was listening to the recorded words of the archeologists
right: Yours truly at the replica of Hili Grand Tomb

left: me at the replica of  Hili Grand Tomb
right: JM not in the mood for photo op

a replica of Umm an-Nar tomb

replica of the Hili Grand Tomb

Joel standing beside the replica of the Hafit grave

opening the drawers of the cupboard will show you a different finds and artifacts

Hubby looking at the old photos

A year ago, I have been to Al Ain National Museum and I have seen a lot of artifacts and archeological finds on display especially the ones from Umm an-Nar culture. For anyone wanting to know the history of Abu Dhabi, this ongoing exhibition is one of the places to visit, but if you want to see more, I suggest that you should head on to Al Ain National Museum located in the heart of the city. If you wish to see the Hili Grand Tomb, Tombs E and N and the other old settlement, head on to Hili Archeological Park located at Al Hili District.

By the way, "The Dawn of History" Exhibition runs through until May 2, 2011. The museum is open from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM except Mondays and from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM during Fridays. For information regarding the said exhibition, click here if you wish to be taken to the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage webpage. Special thanks to Mr. Ali Saleh for answering some of my questions.


  1. wondrous!

    Spring Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral



  2. it really is an interesting birthday sure you had lotsa fun! i wish i could someday visit...

  3. Interesting tour...!
    anyway, Selamat ulang tahun! Happy birthday to you, Misalyn...
    All the best & GBU! :)


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