Abu Dhabi, located on an island in the Arabian Gulf, is the capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates. Considered to be one of the most developed cities in the world, Abu Dhabi is the hub of the nation’s political, cultural and financial activity. This highly urbanized city is also home to a variety of tourist attractions including historic and cultural landmarks, as well as iconic leisure attractions.
A historic and important landmark of Abu Dhabi is Qasr al-Hosn, the oldest stone fort still standing in Abu Dhabi. This massive structure has a rich history of over 200 years and is undoubtedly one of Abu Dhabi’s most famous cultural attractions. Qasr al-Hosn has also long been considered as a symbol of authority and power, as it has served to protect the people of Abu Dhabi as well as house the Royal family.
Qasr al-Hosn was constructed in 1761 and was originally built to protect a fresh water source in the desert from invaders. The protection afforded by the fort encouraged settlements in the area and eventually sparked the development of the entire region. The fort was expanded and strengthened with time, and thus even served as the house of the Royal family for many years. One of the most significant features of the fort is that it is said to glisten in the sun, making it a beacon of navigation for travellers in 19th Century. The explanation behind the glisten of this fort is that it was constructed using limestone and crushed seashells, and the seashells reflect the sunlight thus giving its glistening effect. Today this grand and historic structure is known also known as the ‘White Fort’ as was colour washed in white. There is also a museum within the fort depicting the history of the fort and its influence on Abu Dhabi throughout the ages. Any tourist or visitor of Abu Dhabi ought to pay Qasr al-Hosn a visit as it is without a doubt one of the most significant and iconic structures in Abu Dhabi’s history.
Set with a glorious waterfront view is the Eastern Mangroves Resort & Spa, a luxury five star hotel in Abu Dhabi. Belonging to the Anantara group of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, the Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi offers accommodation Abu Dhabi is a range of elegantly furnished rooms and suites. One can also indulge in luxury delights such as spa and wellness services, fine dining restaurants, and a range of business and leisure services, which are also offered by this luxury resort.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+