The Qalat Dhayah rest house and the surrounding palm grove is a place where you can catch a glimpse of what so often seems to be lost in the Emirates: Authenticity.
There are more than 2000 palm trees (belonging to more than 50 different cultivars) in the grove. It is operated in a traditional and completely ecological and eco-friendly way: The only fertilizer used is manure. The water used is ground water – and the grove is lauded as an example for responsible and sustainable ground water usage. In fact, water is the true basis of this paradise and the foundation of its wealth. This is also shown by the various swimming pools in the rest house and in the palm grove.
To add to all of that, Dhayah is a place deeply rooted in history: The Dhayah Fort is the only still existing hilltop fort in the UAE. It was built in the 19th century on top of the foundations of a much older structure. Settlements in Dhayah existed already 5000 years ago and there are several ancient tombs and archeological sites in Dhayah.
If you are lucky, you might even get a chance to meet Ali Mansouri, the owner and mastermind behind the place. Not only is he – besides lots of other things – a very experienced date farmer and diplomat, but he is also a great host, whose humble kindness and good-spirited humor are at least as fascinating as the whole place itself.
The rest house offers 14 bedrooms for guests and has several big halls and terraces. Two things need to be mentioned: The bathrooms are extremely basic and the rest house does not operate a restaurant. For booking inquiries (or to buy dates) call +971 7 266 3888.