Qasr al-Hosn is a landmark and the oldest stone structure in the city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Designed for Mohammed Al Bastaki and built-in 1761.
Centuries ago, Qasr Al Hosn was home to the ruling family, serving as the seat of government, establishing the National Communications Council founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the UAE, and becoming a national archive. Today it stands as a living monument to the nation and narrator of the history of Abu Dhabi.
The oldest building in Abu Dhabi, the picturesque Qasr Al Hosn is home to the first fortress to create magnificent paintings. Built around the 1790s, this control building ignored coastal trade routes and protected the growing area established on the island. Qasr Al Hosn consists of two iconic buildings: the Inner Fort (originally built in 1795) and the Outer Palace (1939-45). Transformed into a museum in 2018 following more than a decade of major conservation and restoration work, Qasr Al Hosn is a national monument that includes the development of Abu Dhabi from an area based on fishing and marketing in the 18th century, to modern cities. , showcases art objects and historical objects dating from 6000BC. Today, the beautiful Al Hosn, which has seen a new renovation, is a great place to walk for a few hours and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the UAE city. Kids, too, will love exploring their beautiful design with nooks and crannies.
A trip to Qasr Al Hosn:
The cultural tour of Abu Dhabi is incomplete without a visit to Qasr Al Hosna, the oldest stone building in the city. The building is also known as the White Fort and is a good example of the traditional architecture of the region.
Built-in the 18th century, the site now hosts an eternal exhibition that allows you to gain an understanding of Abu Dhabi’s culture and history through photographs and oral testimony. In an area full of future buildings, Qasr Al Hosn strikes a positive chord.
It is located at Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum St and is part of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.
Qasr al-Hosn, also known as White Fort (originally white in color but brightly colored during the 1976-1983 renovation) or Old Fort, was built in 1761 as a circular guard to protect the only water source on the island. -Abu Dhabi. The tower was later expanded into a small fortress in 1793 by the then emperor, Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan, and became the permanent residence of the ruling Sheikh. The tower has taken on its current form after a major expansion in the late 1930s, aided by the proceeds from the first oil licensing in Abu Dhabi. It remained the emir’s palace (hence the name Qasr al-Hosn, meaning the castle of the palace) and the seat of government until 1966. The fort has been rebuilt several times and is now partially open to the public.
Over the centuries, it has been home to the governing personal, the seat of supervision, the bargaining council, and the national museum; now stands as a living monument to the nation and narrator of the history of Abu Dhabi. Transformed into a museum in 2018 following more than 11 years of major conservation and restoration work, Qasr Al Hosn is a national headstone that includes the improvement of Abu Dhabi from an 18th-century fishing and marketing center, to a modern, world-renowned city with art galleries and history. to 6000 BC. Qasr Al Hosn is the ancient and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the first permanent building of the city; castle. Built-in 1790, the ruling building ignored coastal trade routes and protected the growing area established on the island. Qasr Al Hosn consists of two iconic buildings: the Inner Fort (originally built in 1795) and the Outer Palace (1939-45).
Qasr al-Hosn is currently the subject of extensive historical, archaeological, and architectural research. The castles have museums depicting artifacts and paintings representing the history of the country. It also has a variety of weapons, used in regional history, on display.
Qasr al-Hosn Festival:
The Qasr al-Hosn Festival is an 11-day annual cultural event held in the courtyard of the castle. The castle is open to the public during the festival, including some of the banned places, and plays music and dance music that reflects the cultural heritage of the UAE.
Practice comfortable living (Yoga, Pilates, Jogging, Reading & Meditation) in Al Hosn in the outlying areas, following all safety measures to ensure your comfort and safety.
Qasr Al Hosn has always been a gathering place.
As our doors prepare for reopening, we continue to do our part to keep our community safe.
We are here to assure you of all the health and safety precautions available before your visit, following government guidelines:
- Keep at least 2 meters of public distance at all times
- Masks and gloves should be worn
- Tour time will be limited to up to three hours
- Hand washing stations are available on site
- Al Hosn will work with 40% power to ensure your comfort and safety
- Regular sterilization and cleaning of all premises will be done several times a day
- Thermal cameras will provide faster and faster testing
- Parking assignments following government guidelines are planned and implemented to ensure your safety
- Money transactions at this time are unavailable.