Al Ain Palace is one of the best-rxeinstated museum in Abu Dhabi. and an important historical site in the UAE. It was home to the Founding Father of the UAE and the first President of the country, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who lived here with his family until the late sixties when he moved to Abu Dhabi.
The palace and private residence provide insights into the lives and culture of both the ruling family and the community until the country’s transformation after the discovery of petroleum. The oldest building in the palace dated back to 1937. The palace was renovated in 1998 and opened its doors as a tourist and cultural museum in 2001. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 2001 and continues to celebrate the UAE’s rich history, preserving its links to the present and the future.
A contrast of modern design elements and traditional Emirati influences can be seen throughout the property. The structure of the museum is a conglomeration of courtyards that merge official and private facilities in one complex. Each of these areas was built and restored using locally sourced and environmentally-friendly building materials including clay, adobe and plaster stones, as well as palm-tree elements for roofing rooms, ceilings, doors, and windows.
Entry to Al Ain Palace Museum is free.