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Australian Governor-General visits Qasr Al Muwaiji in Al Ain

October 9, 2017 Photo Gallery No Comments Email Email

HE Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia and his accompanying delegation, visited Qasr Al Muwaiji in the Al Ain Region, which is supervised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

The Governor-General of Australia learnt of the historical, social and political importance of the palace, which is a major national and historic monument.

Qasr Al Muwaiji also occupies an important political and societal position in UAE history. Since its establishment at the beginning of the 20th century by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed the First, the palace was used as a court or a council of government, a destination for people to meet, and witnessed the birth of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Sir Cosgrove toured the palace’s courtyard and listened to the detailed explanation of the history and location of Qasr Al Muwaiji, which has now, with the tireless efforts of the Department, been transformed into a world-class museum. The museum retells major moments in the UAE’s history through its ‘Permanent Exhibition’, which features a collection of rare photographs that chronicle the life and wise leadership qualities of HH Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE, and the moment of his appointment as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The collection also portrays many of His Excellence’s major national achievements, the timeline of the Al Nahyan family, the close relationship of the family’s first generation with Qasr Al Muwaiji, and succession of the Al Nahyan family members in ruling the country.

Sir Cosgrove praised the museum’s collection, which tells the story of the Palace, since the first traces of life in Muwaiji Oasis until this day, highlighting two main themes: traditional Emirati leadership, and values ​​conserved by the local community and its leaders throughout the ages. These two themes were the foundation on which the country’s civilization and economic strength were built.

The palace is now an important tourist destination and major historical landmark. It was restored in the late 70s, while its establishment was completed after the archaeological excavation in 2009, and was inscribed as a heritage site on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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