Qutuf Fort

Qutuf 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 Qutuf Fort other than that is was probably built somewhere during the 19th century. 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 small square fort with only 1 round tower projecting from its southern wall. Next to the tower, built against the inside of the fort walls, are 2 rooms.

At present there are, besides Qutuf Fort, 8 other forts and towers still existing. Six of them have, just like Qutuf Fort, completely been restored in recent years. These are Maria Al Gharbiyah Fort, Dhafeer Fort, Muqib Tower, Mezairaa Fort, Attab 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 Qutuf 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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Qutuf Fort

Qutuf 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 Qutuf Fort other than that is was probably built somewhere during the 19th century. 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 small square fort with only 1 round tower projecting from its southern wall. Next to the tower, built against the inside of the fort walls, are 2 rooms.

At present there are, besides Qutuf Fort, 8 other forts and towers still existing. Six of them have, just like Qutuf Fort, completely been restored in recent years. These are Maria Al Gharbiyah Fort, Dhafeer Fort, Muqib Tower, Mezairaa Fort, Attab 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 Qutuf 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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