Qasr Al Hosn
10:00 AM - 9:00 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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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 November 13, 2021
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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 August 9, 2022
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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 December 23, 2021
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OHonoluluO
Tacoma, WA156 contributions
Couples
The oldest building in Abu Dhabi has been lovingly restored. As a past home of the ruling family and the seat of government the fort has a fascinating history. As residents and over 60, we were admitted for free and each handed a bottle of water. The museum exhibits are an excellent insight into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE
Written February 9, 2021
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Fredrik H
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates61 contributions
For starters the environment where Al Hosn is situated is something else regarding the blend between the old history of the fortress vs the worn down old houses from the 70’s and the new flashy sky scrapers. It tells a story of its own.
Visiting the fortress and the exhibition about the history of the people from the old days roaming the deserts to this modern time gave this environment an extra spice. A visit to this place is a must for all foreign visitors.
But you need to be able to read and understand the story that is being told. But all is available in English writing
Written February 24, 2020
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vidhis20
Mumbai, India214 contributions
The Qasr al Hosn is a restored fortification in the middle of the city, a remanent of the historic establishment of the city of Abu Dhabi. It retells the story of the various Sheikhs and how they developed the Emirate. Relatively uncrowded, it makes for a simple quiet view of life in the desert in the old times. There is arts centre attached to the fort, but it was shut for an event so couldn't visit it. But I had a chance to experience the coffee ceremony - Bait al Gahwa.
Written March 11, 2020
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SHDC-Dancer
Dorking, UK239 contributions
The old fort has been extensively renovated and in same ways looks almost new. Inside are many exhibits and rooms showing its former residential usage, With it is an area showing traditional skills and crafts with a shop with great products at a reasonable price. Also do the 'Coffee Ceremony' - a really nice experience. Like everywhere in Abu Dhabi everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
Written February 26, 2020
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XPLORING
Johannesburg, South Africa567 contributions
Family
This palace or monument is good , unfortunately they have not kept it as original as possible. Due to the upkeep and restoration it looks quite modern with the marble and tiles that they’ve used in certain areas. There’s a few antique cars on display outside . There’s an entry fee. Easily accessible by public transport.
Written January 12, 2020
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1,073 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 August 4, 2021
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Kevin D
Manchester, NH297 contributions
Family
Heard about this museum from a family member, she said the museum was great. We were not disappointed, the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our guide was great, she was knowledgeable, friendly and professional. The museum its self is excellent, we all learned a lot.
Written February 24, 2020
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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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