Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi

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#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Abu Dhabi
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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  • September 16, 2017
    I would recommend to visitors if you want to learn the history of Abu Dhabi. The presentation is good designed and displayed. There are ancient goods and also modern designed exhibitions.  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    Located on Hamdan street ,One of the main historical attraction and the oldest building in the capital of UAE. It was the residence of the ruler of Abudhabi and was built in 1793. The old fort is now ...  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    City's oldest Fort, inside there is a museum which is well worth a visit (in 20 minutes you doing), but you will need to understand the origin of this great city from the early 1800 to date!!! The Museum is completely free for all.
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  • August 10, 2017
    A historical place where the old culture of Emirates was preserve through Qasr Al Hosn Festival which is held every year you can witness tradional dance ,local food testing and lots of crafts being displayed.
  • May 18, 2017
    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
  • March 14, 2017
    I like old buildings. This is very beautiful area for visitors. Every March here is one Arabic festival. Is very good exhibition area.
  • May 25, 2017
    A Exquisite Fort and the annual Festival is quite a treat to watch and highlights the Emirati Culture
  • February 23, 2017
    The oldest palace in abu dhabi you can see the meaning of ^qasr^ that time

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