Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque Archaeological Park.
Client : The Department of the President’s Affairs, Ministry of Presidential Affairs in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Location :Al ain, UAE
Year : 2017
The Project centers on the conservation, protection, interpretation, and presentation of an Abbasid archaeological Site dating to the early Islamic Period in Al Ain. These archaeological trenches are part of a larger site which is H. H. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyian Mosque Site in Al Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The client/owner of the Project is the Department of the President’s Affairs, Ministry of Presidential Affairs in Abu Dhabi, UAE (MoPA). TURATH: Architecture & Urban Design Consultants of Amman, Jordan, are sub-consulting this work for INTELLIGENT CONSULT- CONSULT ENGINEERS LLC (ICON) who are responsible for the design and supervision of landscape works within the Site; while the main Mosque building was designed and supervised by Al Bayaty Architects, UAE. In terms of research and archaeological excavations, they are carried out by and the responsibility of the Tourism and Cultural Authority of Abu Dhabi (TCA Abu Dhabi). The new Mosque is about 45% completed. The total area of the Project is 198,667 sqm. The area is composed of the Mosque building, open Mosque arcades, parking lots and an Archaeological Park.
The Site was discovered by accident by the Royal Courts when digging for conservation purposes revealed one of the Aflajs on the Site. The discovered remains dated to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and to the Early Islamic periods. A total of 11 archaeological trenches were dug and some had been reburied again. The main proposal is for these archaeological trenches and remains to be conserved, protected and exhibited as part of an archaeological Park that is open to the general public and visitors.