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Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi

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Historic Site Landmark
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. For Qasr Al Hosn and beyond, use our Abu Dhabi family vacation planner to get the most from your Abu Dhabi vacation.
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  • This is a new museum in the original Fort of the ruling family. It tells the story and history of the development of Abu Dhabi and it's people. Very interesting location, artefacts and modern depictio...  more »
  • Well... it was a little of a futile trip to take a look at this marvellous building. Unfortunately, for us, the city does not indicate the fort is under construction. We were not the only ones around ...  more »
  • We will definitely visit this museum which explains how a small pearl trading fort became a financial World power.  more »
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  • The renovation isn't even complete and yet the museum is an amazing place...Be sure and go all the way to the end of the exhibit as the innovative hologram displays will be mesmerizing...There is a wonderful little cafeteria at the entrance which offers healthy organic lunch choices. Thank you
  • I like old buildings. This is very beautiful area for visitors. Every March here is one Arabic festival. Is very good exhibition area.
  • A Exquisite Fort and the annual Festival is quite a treat to watch and highlights the Emirati Culture
  • Interesting museum. Worth visiting if you come to Abu Dhabi and willing to learn more about the history of the country
  • The oldest palace in abu dhabi you can see the meaning of ^qasr^ that time