Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi

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#3 of 8 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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  • Excellent to see for ourselves the old fort, home to the original fathers of Abu Dhabi, The culture centre adjacent to it is very interesting and documents the history of modern-day Abu Dhabi brillian...  more »
  • It's look and tell nice about this site but long time still under construction. Only the museum open for future and past so no chance to visit 1st wel or fort to visit..  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • Great exhibition where you get to learn more about Abu Dhabi and her people both where they come from and where the country is heading. It's a pleasant learning experience as different story- telling techniques and multimedia are used. Amazing!
  • Read many reviews and was interested to visit the Fort. When reaching the site, saw that it was closed and under some maintenance / renovation work. Was disappointed. Asked some local staff nearby and was informed that the Fort has been temporarily closed for maintenance/ renovations since a year and it’ll open sometime next year.
  • What an experience! When traveling, you need to emerse yourself in the history and culture of the area/region you are visiting; this was truly rewarding. From learning about the first settlements, to how the city and region became an international player, in such a short amount of time, is remarkable. It would have received 5 star, however, the fort was closed for renovations; though, the museum is awesome.
  • An historical place which hiding stories of decade,each stones having a story to tell.now it is in renovation stage to conserve treditions for comming years,without loosing its dignity.

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