Al Maqta Tower, sometimes also spelled Maqtaa or Maqta’a, A watchtower fort lies in Al Maqta creek. on a little islet between the Abu Dhabi island and its mainland.
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.
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.
Originally posted 2019-08-01 14:21:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter