Attab Fort

Attab Fort, sometimes also called Al Meel Fort, lies in the area known as the Liwa oasis, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The Liwa oasis is in fact made up of several small oases forming an arch, stretched out over some 110 kilometers, on the northern edge of the Emtpy Quarter (the Rub' Al Khali Desert). The water of these oases was always a valuable commodity, so around the mid-19th and early 20th century, the local Bani Yas tribes started to built forts and watch towers to protect their wells and to provide shelter from nomadic tribes roaming the desert.

There is no known history of Attab Fort other than that might have been built between 1816 and 1818 by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Shakhbout Bin Dhiab. If you know more specific history, please mail me.

The walls of the fort were built out of mud bricks and cob, palm tree trunks were used for ceilings and gypsum for details. It is a square fort, looking much like a typical castle. It has round towers on 3 of its corners. This is almost exactly the same design as Mezairaa Fort and Al Jabbana Fort. Why the 4th corner was left without a tower, I don't know. Apparently the threat was being expected from the south as the south wall of all the 3 forts has 2 towers. The entrance is always in either the west or east wall.

At present there are, besides Attab Fort, 8 other forts and towers still existing. Six of them have, just like Attab Fort, completely been restored in recent years. These are Maria Al Gharbiyah Fort, Qutuf Fort, Dhafeer Fort, Muqib Tower, Mezairaa Fort and Al Jabbana Fort. Al Hayla Tower and Umm Hosn Fort are still in ruins. Although a new reconstruction of Umm Hosn Fort has been built next to it. All fortifications are situated north of the Hameem-Arrada Road (the E90) that connects all of the Liwa oases.

At present Attab Fort is freely accessible. The fort however is not signposted, nor is there any information at the fort and its interior spaces are bare. A very nice fort, worth your visit.


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Attab Fort

Attab Fort, sometimes also called Al Meel Fort, lies in the area known as the Liwa oasis, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The Liwa oasis is in fact made up of several small oases forming an arch, stretched out over some 110 kilometers, on the northern edge of the Emtpy Quarter (the Rub' Al Khali Desert). The water of these oases was always a valuable commodity, so around the mid-19th and early 20th century, the local Bani Yas tribes started to built forts and watch towers to protect their wells and to provide shelter from nomadic tribes roaming the desert.

There is no known history of Attab Fort other than that might have been built between 1816 and 1818 by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Shakhbout Bin Dhiab. If you know more specific history, please mail me.

The walls of the fort were built out of mud bricks and cob, palm tree trunks were used for ceilings and gypsum for details. It is a square fort, looking much like a typical castle. It has round towers on 3 of its corners. This is almost exactly the same design as Mezairaa Fort and Al Jabbana Fort. Why the 4th corner was left without a tower, I don't know. Apparently the threat was being expected from the south as the south wall of all the 3 forts has 2 towers. The entrance is always in either the west or east wall.

At present there are, besides Attab Fort, 8 other forts and towers still existing. Six of them have, just like Attab Fort, completely been restored in recent years. These are Maria Al Gharbiyah Fort, Qutuf Fort, Dhafeer Fort, Muqib Tower, Mezairaa Fort and Al Jabbana Fort. Al Hayla Tower and Umm Hosn Fort are still in ruins. Although a new reconstruction of Umm Hosn Fort has been built next to it. All fortifications are situated north of the Hameem-Arrada Road (the E90) that connects all of the Liwa oases.

At present Attab Fort is freely accessible. The fort however is not signposted, nor is there any information at the fort and its interior spaces are bare. A very nice fort, worth your visit.


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