Qasr Al Hosn
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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AL HOSN Located in downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Hosn is the original urban block of the city, a witness to the evolution of the city from a traditional pearling settlement to a modern global metropolis. Al Hosn comprises major elements: Qasr Al Hosn, Cultural Foundation, National Consultative Council, House of Artisans, Bait Al Gahwa Initiative, Water Feature and F&B. Incorporating the oldest structure in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn is the narrator of Abu Dhabi’s past, telling stories of diplomacy, history & Emirati traditions, as well as those of the men and women who lived in the ruler’s palace. The National Consultative Council building stands as a symbol of the federalization & unity of the UAE, while House of Artisans serves to promote and preserve the tangible and intangible heritage of the UAE. Cultural Foundation represents one of the early achievements of the young nation-state – its first cultural centre, which would go on to become the home of cultural and social life in Abu Dhabi
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  • UAE Exchange • 9 min walk
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Eddie1087
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK98 contributions
It was really interesting to visit this fort and to learn about the history of Abu Dhabi. The staff were very helpful and welcoming. Someone even came out of a building to make sure we were going in the right direction! The old photographs of the fort surrounded by desert were great.
Written 9 August 2022
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Oreste G
Bologna, Italy1,044 contributions
It is the place where the regent family used to be, today there are 2 forts. An external one with the highest and safest walls and a smaller internal one. All around there is a very nice new area recently created where the locals go for a walk and eat something.In an hour you finish the visit. The fort was reopened after construction work and is now open to visitors and is worth it if you are in the area.
Written 17 April 2022
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Andy R
Bristol, UK72 contributions
Family
Worth visiting here to get a feel for what Abu Dhabi was like before the population exploded. As well as the fort itself, there are many displays explaining how life went on inside. A much more humble existence than today and this underlines just how much has changed here in the last 60 years. Fascinating. Probably not for young children though, who would be a bit bored after 30 mins here.
Written 10 February 2022
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worldtraveller933
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates21 contributions
This attraction was recently restored and is much improved. Don’t miss the House of Artisans. We enjoyed freshly made Emirati coffee with Beshayar and Ahmed. We also made our own custom perfume with Edmond (extra charge). At the palace itself, we were welcomed by Obaid Al Zaabi and wandered the various rooms which were nicely explained. I’m so glad that the past of the country is being preserved and valued in this way.
Written 16 January 2022
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DXB_Maple
Dubai, United Arab Emirates422 contributions
A special look into the history of Abu Dhabi. You can casually walk around the fort and palace and take in the history of the city while seeing the modern city just outside the gates. There is even the oldest known structure in Abu Dhabi within the fort. It is quite well done. There was even a falcon and dancers out side the fort performing and my children really enjoyed.
Written 30 December 2021
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Rachel027
Bristol16 contributions
As the oldest building in Abu Dhabi this restored fort is a reminder of just how fast this city has grown. There is a picture in one of the upstairs rooms of the fort when it was built - it is the only substantial building surrounded by desert. Today, it is surrounded by skyscrapers and shopping malls. We visited on a quiet evening and really appreciated the chance to take our time. The exhibits and displays are all quite personal and relate to the ruling family. Anecdotes and stories brought the city’s development to life for me.
Written 23 December 2021
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David S
Banbury, UK19 contributions
A rare historic building of significance in the UAE, Qasr Al Hosn has been carefully renovated and contains fascinating displays about its changing uses over the years, from fort to centre of administration and government. It’s highly educational and at the same time conveys the pace and scale of change in Abu Dhabi. There are some great exhibits and wonderful photographs. It’s advisable to explore all the site as there are fresh insights and displays in different areas (maybe a little more signposting or a brief guide book would be helpful?). The adjacent House of Artisans has also got a good exhibition about the historic role of handcrafting in earlier times. The location of Qasr Al Hosn amongst present-day skyscrapers is real food for thought. Great that it has been so well preserved and presented, and if you want to know more about Abu Dhabi’s history, well worth a visit.
Written 13 November 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy583 contributions
This is the most ancient building in Abu Dhabi. It’s fantastic to walk through it discovering about how Abu Dhabi was before the discovery of petrol. Definitely recommended!
Written 23 September 2021
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1,074 contributions
Family
In 2018 Qasr Al Hosn was turned into a museum. It’s taken more than eleven years to restore it. Now it’s open to the public. To enter you must purchase a ticket.

Qasr Al Hosn was originally the home of the ruling family Al Nahyan.

A historical place in Abu Dhabi, worth visiting to see the local Arab culture. Built in 1790 it’s the oldest building in Abu Dhabi.

The fort was named White Fort because it used to shine so bright. The fort inside was built in 1795.

Most stunning when viewed at night with all the lights and tall buildings behind.
Written 4 August 2021
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CSperr
Dubai, United Arab Emirates59 contributions
What a wonderful surprise! The space to display art is remarkable. The staff at the art installations, Artisan Center and fort were all amazing! It is the perfect half day out with family or friends. Well worth the visit.
Written 26 July 2021
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Qasr Al Hosn (Abu Dhabi) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Qasr Al Hosn is open:
  • Fri - Fri 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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