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. 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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  • I had really hoped to see the oldest building in the city but it still is under renovation. However, the free exhibition/museum beside it is not to be missed. It goes through the history of the countr...  more »
  • Just drove there to check out the place and parking area for coming family visit around second week of April. It was close and surrounded by construction. I could see only the tower tip. There was no ...  more »
  • If you go to Abu dhabiye. There's an interesting structure that red bus tour takes you through gezer.
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  • The old fort is still being reconstructed and completion date is unknown. The Museum is open and the nicely designed building has an interesting exhibition on the History of Abu Dhabi. It has similarities with the one in Dubai but the content is better and there is more focus on how Abu Dhabi came to be. I recognized many buildings from my youth (1969-1974). Specially liked the milestone picture of the Abu Dhabi Hilton Hotel. If you come by car the museum entrance and parking is behind the barrier on Khalid Bin Waleed Road, pull up to the barrier and the guard will come out, tell him you want to visit the Museum and he will open the barrier. Entry is free, they is a booklet and the toilets are clean. Good place to visit to hear the story of the Liwa oasis residents who built up Abu Dhabi.
  • Al Hosn is a small part of UAE traditional life before discovering oil. It shows many exciting and rich traditions and has very informative video displays. It opens around mid February time and a very nice place to see.
  • Full marks to the exhibition. Tells you everything about Abu Dhabi... right from 17th century to the future of island city. Use of technology while showing history is adorable. Free to attend Highly recommended for residents and tourists
  • The fort is not functional. It's in construction. The musuem is nice but very small. Not worth the time
  • The exhibition was beautiful. Don't be deceived by the construction signs because the museum is in side of that. As a resident here, I learned a lot and now have a greater appreciation for Abu Dhabi.
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