Al Buraimi Towers

The Al Buraimi Towers are standing in the center of the city of Al Buraimi, in the Al Buraymi Governorate in Oman.

The present twin cities of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and Al Buraimi in Oman were originally a group of oases, separated by desert, centered in an area of some 24 km², just north of the Jebel Hafeet mountain. Originally the whole area was known as Al Buraimi Oasis. In the late 19th and early 20th century a large number of forts and towers were built to solidify Abu Dhabi's control over the western oases and to protect the settlements and oases from roaming bandits.

In 1952 Saudi Arabia sent raiders to capture the Abu Dhabi forts and incorporate the oasis into the Saudi kingdom. Forces from the Trucial Oman Scouts, as well as the army of Muscat-Oman, arrived to recapture the oasis. With British intervention, the Saudi forces surrendered.

After the independence of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, Abu Dhabi and Oman agreed on final borders, dividing the oases. The Abu Dhabi part was then known as Al Ain and the Oman part as Al Buraimi. From then on Al Ain experienced rapid growth, quickly becoming larger and more successful than Al Buraimi. Nowadays Al Ain is a bustling city while Al Buraimi is more like a quiet town.

Both towers are situated at opposite sides of an abandoned village and a disused oasis. The southern tower has been restored. It is a simple round watch tower with protruding stoned serving as a stairway. The northen tower is unrestored and still in ruins. This one is square and I think it was once part of a small fort. I think they both date back to the 18th century.

The Al Buraimi Towers can freely be visited. Two nice watch towers. The Al Khandagh and Al Hillah castles are nearby.


Gallery

The restored round tower

The ruined square tower

Al Buraimi Towers

The Al Buraimi Towers are standing in the center of the city of Al Buraimi, in the Al Buraymi Governorate in Oman.

The present twin cities of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and Al Buraimi in Oman were originally a group of oases, separated by desert, centered in an area of some 24 km², just north of the Jebel Hafeet mountain. Originally the whole area was known as Al Buraimi Oasis. In the late 19th and early 20th century a large number of forts and towers were built to solidify Abu Dhabi's control over the western oases and to protect the settlements and oases from roaming bandits.

In 1952 Saudi Arabia sent raiders to capture the Abu Dhabi forts and incorporate the oasis into the Saudi kingdom. Forces from the Trucial Oman Scouts, as well as the army of Muscat-Oman, arrived to recapture the oasis. With British intervention, the Saudi forces surrendered.

After the independence of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, Abu Dhabi and Oman agreed on final borders, dividing the oases. The Abu Dhabi part was then known as Al Ain and the Oman part as Al Buraimi. From then on Al Ain experienced rapid growth, quickly becoming larger and more successful than Al Buraimi. Nowadays Al Ain is a bustling city while Al Buraimi is more like a quiet town.

Both towers are situated at opposite sides of an abandoned village and a disused oasis. The southern tower has been restored. It is a simple round watch tower with protruding stoned serving as a stairway. The northen tower is unrestored and still in ruins. This one is square and I think it was once part of a small fort. I think they both date back to the 18th century.

The Al Buraimi Towers can freely be visited. Two nice watch towers. The Al Khandagh and Al Hillah castles are nearby.


Gallery

The restored round tower

The ruined square tower