Year of visit
  • 2018

Location

Adress: Near Hamim-Arada Rd (E90), Mahdar Mawqab, Liwa, United Arab Emirates

Muqib Tower

Muqib Tower, 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 Muqib Tower 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 tower were built out of mud bricks and cob, palm tree trunks were used for ceilings and gypsum for details. It is a round tower standing inside a, more or less, square enclosure. It is the only one of the surviving Liwa fortifications that does not have a crenellated wall. Built against the tower are 2 rooms. One of which seems to have been used as a kitchen.

At present there are, besides Muqib Tower, 8 other forts and towers still existing. Six of them have, just like Muqib Tower, completely been restored in recent years. These are Maria Al Gharbiyah Fort, Qutuf Fort, Dhafeer Fort, 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 Muqib Tower is freely accessible. The tower however is not signposted, nor is there any information at the fort and its interior spaces are bare. A very nice tower, worth your visit.


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Year of visit
  • 2018

Location

Adress: Near Hamim-Arada Rd (E90), Mahdar Mawqab, Liwa, United Arab Emirates

Year of visit
  • 2018

Location

Adress: Near Hamim-Arada Rd (E90), Mahdar Mawqab, Liwa, United Arab Emirates

Muqib Tower

Muqib Tower, 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 Muqib Tower 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 tower were built out of mud bricks and cob, palm tree trunks were used for ceilings and gypsum for details. It is a round tower standing inside a, more or less, square enclosure. It is the only one of the surviving Liwa fortifications that does not have a crenellated wall. Built against the tower are 2 rooms. One of which seems to have been used as a kitchen.

At present there are, besides Muqib Tower, 8 other forts and towers still existing. Six of them have, just like Muqib Tower, completely been restored in recent years. These are Maria Al Gharbiyah Fort, Qutuf Fort, Dhafeer Fort, 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 Muqib Tower is freely accessible. The tower however is not signposted, nor is there any information at the fort and its interior spaces are bare. A very nice tower, worth your visit.


Gallery

Year of visit
  • 2018

Location

Adress: Near Hamim-Arada Rd (E90), Mahdar Mawqab, Liwa, United Arab Emirates