Trip Planner:   Middle East  /  United Arab Emirates  /  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  /  Abu Dhabi  /  Historic Sites  /  Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi

4.1
#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Abu Dhabi
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.
Create an itinerary including Qasr Al Hosn
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
226 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • The Qasr al Hosn stands in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi in a street parallel to the Corniche. The Emirates Palace is to drive in less than ten minutes. From the outside, the entire area of a construction fence is surrounded. We first thought that nothing is currently, since even the car park is locked. But, you can turn a few meters behind the car park in the area. The barrier is opened and we could go up before the exhibition building. Admission is free, so you can't go wrong here, too. A historical overview is offered by Abu Dhabi. In addition to many exhibits from the daily life there to see various models and some videos. Everything is lovingly made and quite interesting. We liked to be here.
    View original
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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
  • Cant wait for the new edition It seems really exciting

Plan your trip to Abu Dhabi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Abu Dhabi

One of the most expensive cities in the world, Abu Dhabi is famous for providing an unparalleled level of luxury. The modern development of Yas Island offers some of the priciest options in the city. Abu Dhabi doesn't really do hostels, but you can find some less expensive hotels in side streets less frequented by foreign visitors. Head away from the sea to find lower rates, or consider the areas south and east of the airport for simple rooms with basic amenities.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Abu Dhabi by other users

5 days in Italy & Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Italy, Istanbul & Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM EGYPT January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe, Africa & Middle East BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Dubai & Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN August, kids, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM KENYA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Abu Dhabi & Dubai BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Abu Dhabi & Dubai BY A USER FROM GERMANY January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi & Emirate of Dubai BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 35 days in Asia, Middle East & Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Abu Dhabi BY A USER FROM ROMANIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans