Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi

Qasr Al Hosn landmark of 18-century palace & fort. Abu Dhabi’s oldest and most significant structure, also familiar as a white fort, developed around 1790, located along Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street. It holds the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. The fort commanding structure overlooked the coastal occupation routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island


The fort comprises of two major iconic buildings: the Inner Fort-constructed in 1795 and the Outer Palace-1939 to 1945. Until 1966 it remains the residence of the ruling family and the seat of government. After a major extension in the late 1930s, aided by revenues received for granting the first oil license in Abu Dhabi.

Following more than eleven years of intensive conservation and restoration work, in 2018 the fort is transformed partially into a museum and currently uses for extensive historical, archaeological, and architectural research. It also has a range of weapons, used through Abu Dhabi’s history, on display of artefacts and archival materials dating back to as far as 6000 BC. The fort is open to the public during the festival, including some of the restricted areas and features live music and dance performances showing the UAE’s cultural heritage.

Time to visit:

Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm,

Friday: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

General admission  

Adult (12+): 30 AED,

Child (06-11): 15 AED,

Entrance is free for children below 06 years


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