Qasr al-Hosn, Abu Dhabi

Qasr al-Hosn, Abu Dhabi (must see)

Also referred to as the White Palace or the Al Hosn Palace, Qasr-al-Hosn is the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi and is an iconic site and landmark attraction in the city. In association with the Cultural Foundation, this palace hosts a number of exhibitions, cultural events and art classes and workshops. It will take you right back to the 18th century when the Al Nahyan family ruled from here.

The name of 'white fort' is partly erroneously, for it was never white until the 1976–1983 renovations when it acquired a bright white painted concrete render. Having started out as a round watchtower defending the only freshwater well on Abu Dhabi island in ca. 1761, this tower was later expanded to a small fort in ca. 1793, at which point it became the permanent residence of the ruling sheikh. A major extension to its current shape took place in the late 1930s, aided by revenues received for granting the first oil license in Abu Dhabi. It remained the royal palace (hence the name Qasr al-Hosn, meaning palace-fort) and seat of government until 1966.
The fort was further expanded in compliance with new requirements during the reign of Sheikh Shakhboot bin Sultan Al Nahyan. For a while, Qasr Al Hosn was a home to the Center for Documentation and Research and the police. A wide scale expansion plan was launched in 2007 by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage to preserve this historical monument and open it up to the public.

Qasr Al Hosn is situated across from the Etisalat Tower between Sheikh Zayed the First Street, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street and Al Nasr Street, close to the Cultural Foundation. Do not miss a chance to visit this ancient palace on your stay in Abu Dhabi.
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Sight Name: Qasr al-Hosn
Sight Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (See walking tours in Abu Dhabi)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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