The oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn, hosts an 11-day cultural festival by the same name. Known as the White Fort, this attraction was originally constructed in 1761 as a watchtower and wasn't painted white until the 20th century, when it was renovated. The fort was expanded in the late 1700s when it became the residence of the ruling Sheikh. Today you can visit the fort and tour the museum to discover the history of the city of Abu Dhabi through a permanent exhibition, or see live performances during the fort's annual festival. Use our Abu Dhabi day trip app to visit Qasr Al Hosn on your trip to Abu Dhabi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Qasr Al Hosn Reviews
J'ai eu la chance de m'être trompée d'entrée et de commencer par visiter le Centre Culturel où Abdelramane m'a transmis tout son savoir et sa passion sur l'exposition magnifique en cours, l'école de c... more »I was lucky enough to have made the wrong entrance and to start by visiting the Cultural Centre where Abdelramane passed on all his knowledge and passion to me about the magnificent exhibition in progress, the calligraphy school. then he asked for permission to show me around Qasr Al Hosn. I spent two and a 30 hours very interesting admiring art and learning a lot about the UAE. I highly recommend visiting both!
This fort has been in Abu Dhabi for centuries , but has only recently been opened for public viewing after a major renovation . I have tried several times over the years to visit here, but until now i... more »
Very interesting place. Shows the very essence of the UAE culture and traditions, and how they were derived and brought to where they are today. The Fort itself is breathtaking, as well as the entire area it encompasses. The restoration is exquisite. Great place to visit if you happen to be in Abu Dhabi, you will leave enlightened and impressed. I do have one suggestion though, the place needs more signs and clarification as to what it is exactly. As we have stumbled there through sole curiosity and adventure mindset. No pictures this time, sorry.
Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. Built around the 1790’s, the commanding structure overlooked the coastal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island. Qasr Al Hosn was closed for renovation and repented for public on Friday, December 7 2018. Admission to House of Artisans, Cultural Foundation, and landscape is complimentary, excluding Qasr Al Hosn, special workshops and events. Tickets can be booked and purchased online or onsite, directly at Ticketing.
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