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Qasr Al Hosn is the Oldest and Most Significant Building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; a coral and sea stone watchtower. Built around the 1790s, the commanding structure overlooked the coastal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island. It has been home to the ruling family, the seat of government, a consultative council, and a national archive, created by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE's founder, as well as a national archive. It now stands as the nation’s living memorial and a narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history through objects, artifacts, and archival material. The Inner Fort (built-in 1795) and the Outer Palace are the two most famous structures of Qasr Al Hosn (1939-45). 

Qasr Al Hosn is a national monument that encapsulates the development of Abu Dhabi from a settlement reliant on fishing and pearling in the 18th century to a modern, global metropolis, displaying artifacts and archival materials dating back to as far as 6000BC. It was transformed into a museum in 2018 after over a decade of intensive conservation and restoration work. Today, the magnificent Al Hosn site, which has undergone flawless repairs, is a fantastic spot to spend a few hours while learning about the UAE capital's interesting past.

House of Artisans; a focal point for the celebration, promotion, and preservation of the intangible heritage of the United Arab Emirates. A coordinated effort to protect and bring the traditional Emirati crafts of the past to the heart of contemporary culture, offering training courses, educational workshops, and other public events.

The National Consultative Council; founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan between 1968 and 1970. A vast array of important and historical debates, discussions, and decisions took place in the building, hosting the Federal and National debates up until the late 1990s. On a local and national level, this building witnessed the development of new modern governmental systems, which has its roots in the traditional concepts of ‘Majlis’ and ‘Shura’

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June 2, 2022
Easy access by road.nLocated at the centre of the city.nFree basement parking entry near cultural centre.nAir conditioned.nOne can spend more than 5 hours going through each item.nDiscount for government employees and Fazaa card members.nFriendly staffs.nEach detail is Very well articulated and represented.
Muhammad Abu Bakar
Muhammad Abu Bakar
April 25, 2022
Heritage and culture. If you want to spend a peaceful evening with your family, go there.nnBy the afternoon 4-5pm they have their own cultural events and demonstrations to showcase how was the life inside the palace.nnYou are completely allowed to take photos.nnProfessional camera holders may be stopped by security for R questions. I think that goes without saying.
Oreste Gaspari
Oreste Gaspari
March 27, 2022
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.
Keith Lambert
Keith Lambert
March 23, 2022
Amazing place and best place to visit for new arrivals. Gives a great sense of respect and understanding of culture and heritage of the UAE. I've been twice and will go again. Second time we had a tour which didn't cost and extra.
Ronnel Davis
Ronnel Davis
July 20, 2021
Went for the pottery workshop and the staff was amazing kind, and helpful. Suggested we visit the ice cream exhibit and it was honestly some of the best ice cream Iu2019ve ever had. The pottery workshop was super fun, being the first time working with clay. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Trehan Allabdeen
Trehan Allabdeen
May 6, 2021
Went to dine in a restaurant in the attraction itself with a friend. A typical local desert which was very tasty and the price also was reasonable. Place looks nice but didn't with for this purpose. Can tell you more on a day I visit the place itself.
September 19, 2020
Visit this place and you will forget that's its 21st century. You will start imagining the Old Arabia.ud83eudd29ud83eudd29
Adhvaidh Sk
Adhvaidh Sk
September 19, 2020
Between the present and the pastud83dudd4au303dufe0f
Avi Blum
Avi Blum
September 17, 2020
Not any sighn to the Oil industry in the Museaum



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