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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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TripAdvisor
  • The actual fort is closed for renovation, but there is a free and informative museum/visitor centre next to it, where you can discover the (short) history of Abu Dhabi. 
  • The original building in what is now the capital city of the United arab Emirates. We attended during the Qar Al Hosn Fstival and it was a behive of cultural activity. Very interesting and informatve. 
  • I had been to this place during the anual exhibition of their culture, I was in love with the setup created, and they are trying to improve every year. Every UAE national and expatriate should visit a...  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