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Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi
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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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  • Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest stone building and symbolic of the birth of Abu Dhabi. It was the first permanent structure to be built in the Emirate, and housed the Royal family, Al Nahyan, for generations. He was born in 1760 as a tower of coral and stone marina built by Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Isa, of the Bani Yas tribe: with its position of visual control over the sea, allowed to monitor access to the site. Then they began to emerge new construction and expanded the community; Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Dhiyab, who ruled Abu Dhabi between 1795-1816, transformed the building in an impenetrable fortress. Throughout the 19th century continued the expansion of the Fort, which expanded further during the first half of the 20TH century before the start of the oil exploitation. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan ordered extensive renovation of Qasr Al Hosn, transforming it from the Royal residence to a museum which houses historical and artistic collections relating to Abu Dhabi and the Persian Gulf. It is now partially open to the pubic, and is subject to great historical, archaeological and architectural research. The Museum presents historical elements (e.g. weapons) and paintings, representing the history of the Emirate. Annually held a cultural festival for eleven days, during which opens to the public to enjoy the access to its facilities as well as performances of dance and live music, as a sign of the cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi.
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  • I've been to the Qasr Al Hosn Fort so many times that I've lost count. The place is a little history trove to all those who love a look into the past of U.A.E. Traditionally this fort was the living q...  more »
  • Al Hosn Palace is the oldest historic place in the United Arab Emirates, is a cornerstone of modern civilization of the people of the UAE, where he was a safe haven for the nucleus of this people of t...  more »
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  • Worth visiting if you are around. I learned a lot of new things about UAE, even though I visited the UAE more than 10 times!
  • Not need to go. It is just open in February for 10 days. Rest of the year there is just a small inside museum with some informations from the Abu Dhabi History. So I hope to come back in February to see everything.
  • It's amazing to find such an old, flat building in the middle of tall modern skyscrapers. Gives a feeling of how far the UAE has come.
  • One of the top historical places in Abu Dhabi.
  • Great place for exploring culture and heritage pf UAE