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Qasr Al Hosn

Abu Dhabi

All about Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest stone structure in Abu Dhabi and has played an important role throughout the city’s history. Once home to the ruling family, it was also a consultative council before becoming a living exhibition of Abu Dhabi’s past. 

There are two parts of Qasr Al Hosn: the inner fort and outer palace. Both are must-sees for history and architecture-lovers, as the building is one of the oldest and most significant structures in all of Abu Dhabi.

It was built in the 1790s and features one of the city’s original features: the watch-tower, which once protected coastal trade routes and the growing population. Visit Qasr Al Hosn and understand more about its function over the centuries and experience traditional Emirati crafts and artisans too. 

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Best for...

History-lovers looking to learn more about Abu Dhabi’s fascinating past, as well as couples and families seeking a cultural day trip in the city.

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You’ll love…

Learning about Qasr Al Hosn’s history and what it means for Abu Dhabi, touring the different buildings and the unique activities.

Top experiences

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Discover the house of artisans

Learn more about the history and culture of the UAE at the House of Artisans inside Qasr Al Hosn. Explore time-honoured crafts from the region, such as weaving, pottery and sea crafts, through exhibits and workshops. Immerse yourself in Abu Dhabi’s culture and make your very own authentic souvenirs to take home. 

Qasr Al Hosn is located on 2nd Street in the centre of Abu Dhabi, close to other main attractions such as the Corniche, making it easy to find and access. 

It’s only a six-minute drive from the waterfront promenade, the Corniche, to Qasr Al Hosn. 

It’ll take you around half an hour to reach Qasr Al Hosn from Yas Island. You’ll cross Al Jubail Island and Saadiyat Island before reaching the fort.

By car, it’ll take you just over 20 minutes to get to Qasr Al Hosn from the peaceful Saadiyat Island. You’ll travel along the north-eastern coast of Abu Dhabi on your journey.

On site amenities


There are two secure underground car parks at Qasr Al Hosn, providing around 500 spaces.


Free Wi-Fi is available to all visitors.

Audio books and headsets

There are audio books and headsets available to help you learn more about the fort on your visit. You can book a private tour on the website. 


Qasr Al Hosn is fully accessible for those with disabilities. You can approach the visitor experience specialists at the ticketing point for accessibility advice. 

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Did you know…

Qasr Al Hosn was transformed into a museum in 2018 after 11 years of renovation work.

Qasr Al Hosn was nicknamed ‘the White Fort’ and served as a navigational point for ships.

The fort is covered in plaster made from salt, lime and crushed seashells.

The watchtower is one of Abu Dhabi’s original structures.

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