The Middle East is a region that can stake claim to a rich and vibrant past, tales of Sultans who were known both for their generosity as well as immense wealth abound here. Palatial mansions and ornate palaces once occupied by the royal family and craftily constructed military fortresses are a gateway into this illustrious Arabian history.
Today Abu Dhabi is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates; it is the heart of commerce in the region and is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth. Nestled away in this vibrant metropolis is the Al Hosn Palace which was once home to the Emirati Royal Family, it stands as a reminder of the nation’s proud past and still active monarchy. Though this palace is commonly referred to as the “White Fort”, it was never white in color until renovations were made in the 1970’s. However, following the extensive repairs that were done to it, a decision was made to paint the wall white and many visitors were struck at this feature and the name “White Fort” was coined.
The Al Hosn Palace holds a special place in the history of Abu Dhabi as it has been recognized as the oldest building in the city, being constructed in 1793 as the home of the ruling family and a place for government meetings. Today the most striking feature of this building is the ornate tile work that can be seen near the northern gate and has been done in the typical Arabian architectural style.
Inside the palace a gallery depicting the history of the ruling family, the palace and of course the city of Abu Dhabi can be seen. Historical manuscripts and photographs taken at the turn of the 19th century make this an interesting walk back in time. A separate section holding information on animal life that can be seen in the Emirati desert is also popular among visitors.
An additional attraction that can be found close to this is the Cultural District in Abu Dhabi which is also located close to an Abu Dhabi resort known as Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Many Abu Dhabi beach hotels such as this one offer travelers wonderful Arabian hospitality and great access to the sights and sounds of the city.