- Castles/Palaces, Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Sitting on the western edge of the Al Ain Oasis, the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum (also known as the Al Ain Palace Museum) offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the UAE's founder and first president. Built in 1910, this large complex housed Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his family while he was in power. Visitors to the museum can learn more about the "Father of the Nation" as they wander through the palace's courtyards, gardens and sleeping quarters. You'll also have to opportunity to peek into the meeting rooms where Sheikh Zayed met with visiting dignitaries and other guests.
Those who have visited the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum say that a self-guided tour takes roughly an hour and that it's worth seeing if you make it to Al Ain. Travelers describe the palace as a beautiful, but one TripAdvisor user felt that the museum was lacking when it came to information: "There is a map, but no booklets for foreign visitors, which I think would be of benefit."
The Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum is located in Al Ain on the emirate's eastern border about 100 miles east of Abu Dhabi city. The X90 bus connects Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain, while all Al Ain routes stop within walking distance of the museum. You can visit the palace between 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays; admission is free. For more information, check out the Abu Dhabi tourism board website.