Qasr Al Hosn

Over the centuries, Qasr Al Hosn has been home to the ruling family, the seat of government, a consultative council and a national archive; it now stands as the nation’s living memorial and the narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history.

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. Built around the 1790’s, the commanding structure overlooked the costal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island.





  • See Abu Dhabi’s oldest heritage site which once served as a residence to the ruling Nahyan family and later as the seat of government.
  • Dating back to 18th century, Qasr Al Hosn serves as a physical timeline which narrates the tale of Abu Dhabi’s transition from a pearling and fishing settlement to a world-class city.
  • Find here exhibits that date back to as early as 6000 BC.
  • Get a detailed account of the impressive Emirati past, traditions and ancient royal lifestyle as you wander through its well preserved hallways and rooms.
  • Chance to stand under the complex’s oldest structure, a watch tower.
  • Experience the tangible and intangible Emirati Heritage at the House of Artisans.
  • Gain access to its renovated Cultural Foundation which is also the region’s first multipurpose community centre.
  • At Bait Al Gahwa, learn about the secrets of Arabic coffee and its importance in the Emirati culture and hospitality.

Important Note

  • Al hosn app required only for residents people, tourist need to show RT PCR Report and vaccination certificate.
  • Required 14 days valid RT PCR test report ( UAE based lab )
  • A Fully Vaccinated report is required.
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn

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