Al Maqta Tower

Al Maqta Tower, sometimes also spelled Maqtaa or Maqta'a, lies in the city of Abu Dhabi, in the emirate of of the same name in the United Arab Emirates. It is situated on a little islet between the Maqta Bridge and the Sheikh Zayed Bridge.

Al Maqta Tower is said to have been built in the early 19th century. It guarded the then small fishing village of Abu Dhabi, situated on an elongated island only separated from the mainland by a shallow canal, known as the Khor Al Maqta. The tower stands in the middle of that canal on an inaccessible islet. On the mainland shore of that canal also stands a fort; Al Maqta Fort. I think that the tower is actually the first fortification and that the fort was built on a later date. 

At present Al Maqta Tower is not accessible. A very nice tower. Although very heavily, and not truthfully restored if you compare its present appearance with the beautiful old b/w picture, made by the English explorer W. Thesiger in the 1940's.


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Al Maqta Tower

Al Maqta Tower, sometimes also spelled Maqtaa or Maqta'a, lies in the city of Abu Dhabi, in the emirate of of the same name in the United Arab Emirates. It is situated on a little islet between the Maqta Bridge and the Sheikh Zayed Bridge.

Al Maqta Tower is said to have been built in the early 19th century. It guarded the then small fishing village of Abu Dhabi, situated on an elongated island only separated from the mainland by a shallow canal, known as the Khor Al Maqta. The tower stands in the middle of that canal on an inaccessible islet. On the mainland shore of that canal also stands a fort; Al Maqta Fort. I think that the tower is actually the first fortification and that the fort was built on a later date. 

At present Al Maqta Tower is not accessible. A very nice tower. Although very heavily, and not truthfully restored if you compare its present appearance with the beautiful old b/w picture, made by the English explorer W. Thesiger in the 1940's.


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