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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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  • Heartily recommend to come get acquainted with the origins of the magnificence of U.A.E.. It's really a wonderful experience exploring the history and culture of the people. Beautiful, interesting, made with love.
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  • Not sure when construction will be completed, but there is very little to see here at this time. The history behind the fort is worth learning but you can get that in books or on the web. Hope to visi...  more »
  • As it is being restored you cannot see anything. There is a very interesting exhibition in a building very close by where you can learn loads about the local culture. That is a must-see! 
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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