QASR Al Hosn – Oldest Stone Building in the City of Abu Dhabi

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The Qasr Al Hosn is Abu Dhabi’s oldest heritage site which has been preserved meticulously. While parts of it which were built during the 1790s have been maintained have stood the test of time, the building has been renovated to function as a museum in present day.


Constructed in 1971 to act as a watchtower to protect the freshwater well located the islands of Abu Dhabi. It was expanded by Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan in 1793 and became the permanent quarters of the Sheikh who ruling the region.

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Current use

Visitors staying at one of the 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi in the league of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara can easily visit the Qasr Al Hosn as it has been renovated and opened for public viewing as a Museum. The cultural foundation and the National Consultative Council building are 2 of the buildings located close by that you can visit to learn about the history of this Abu Dhabi.

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What to expect

The Qasr Al Hosn was initially built with 2 areas: ‘Hosn’, the inner fort and ‘Qasr’, the outer palace. It has been a permanent residing place for many of the ruling families of Abu Dhabi over the years but was transformed to be part of the National Centre for Documentation and Research after its renovations during the 1960s.

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Qasr al-Hosn festival

This is an 11-day festival that normally happens during February and March. The festival which is open for the general public celebrates the proud history of over 250 years of this building.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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