Witness Emirates rich culture by visiting the iconic Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest stone building with more than 230 years in Abu Dhabi
Learn more about political and historical development of Abu Dhabi as you further explore the building
From a watchtower and onto its current state: Delve into various exhibitions displaying the evolution of the building
Explore the Inner Fort and Outer Palace as you gonna Discover the ancestral home of the Al Nahyan and the symbolic heart of Abu Dhabi
Qasr Al Hosn Timings:
Sat- Thur: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
Friday: 4PM - 12AM.
About Qasr Al Hosn:
Visit Qasr Al Hosn, a timeless landmark in Abu Dhabi with immense historical significance. This iconic building, comprising the Inner Fort and the Outer Palace, has stood tall since 1795 and seen Abu Dhabi's remarkable transformation from a traditional pearling settlement to a thriving global metropolis. As the former home of the ruling family and the seat of government, Qasr Al Hosn holds within its walls the stories of Abu Dhabi's diverse past. Today, it stands as a living memorial, showcasing the city's rich heritage and serving as a storyteller of its captivating history.
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How to Reach Qasr Al Hosn?
Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi, is one of the most momentous and oldest buildings in UAE and is the home of the city's first permanent structure, the watchtower. It was built in the 1790s with a commanding structure to overlook the coastal trading routes in and around the city. At the time, the watchtower of Qasr Al Hosn was also used to protect the growing settlement on the island. Currently, it is a national archive holding records, documents, and artifacts representing the history of Abu Dhabi. It is also known for the ‘House of Artisans’ home to Abu Dhabi’s heritage, which hosts multiple events and workshops to teach about Emirati artwork.
In the past, Qasr al-Hosn was home to the ruling family, the seat of the government, the national archive, and a consultative council. It was also a watchtower used for overseeing the trading routes in or around the United Arab of Emirates. Now, it is a national archive displaying essential records and documents about the UAE dating back to 6000 BC.
Qasr al-Hosn Abu Dhabi is the oldest structure, built in the 1790s, making it more than 230 years old. Renovated, now, it showcases the artifacts, history, and crafts of a bygone era.
With Qasr Al Hosn tickets, witness the oldest and most beautiful stone structure known for safeguarding the Emiratis rich heritage for decades.
Explore the various parts of the building to learn about the historical and political development of Abu Dhabi in the last 230 years.
Admire the iconic watchtower and delve into multiple exhibitions and displays of art to learn about the building’s evolution.
Explore the outer palace and inner fort to discover Al Nahyan’s ancestral home, the symbolic heart of Abu Dhabi.
Get free access to witness the cultural foundation and house of artisans with Qase Al Hosn tickets.
The building opens at 10 a.m, which is the best time to visit the place. Buy Qasr Al Hosn tickets in advance to visit the fort as soon as it opens. With fewer crowds, exploring the place, marveling at the artifacts, and learning the artwork is easier. It allows you to indulge in activities without rushing from one place to another due to crowds.
The location of Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi is near the Etisalat headquarters and Mall World Trade Center. Here at the intersection between Hamdan Bin, Mohammed Street, and Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road, you will find Qasr Al Hosn.
By car: The car is perfect in Abu Dhabi and can help you reach your destination in minutes. From the airport, if you take a car to Qasr Al Hosn, you will reach here in 10–15 minutes.
By bus: Avail bus number 54, 32 or 40 to reach Sheikh Rashid Bin station, Hamdan Station, Khaleed Bin Al Waleed Station, or Zayad first station. From here Al Hosn is only a 6 minute walk away.
Two to four hours is enough to visit Qasr al-Hosn in Abu Dhabi, as it ensures you explore the structure well. It is sufficient time to explore the inner and outer forts, take part in crafts, and visit the house of the artisans to explore the 6000 BC old art depicting the history of the place.
The oldest structure, Oasr Al Hosn,’s original function was to overlook the coastal trade route. The Ruling family created a permanent structure here, the watchtower, for this function. It also helped them look after and protect the growing community around the island.
Qasr Al Hosn Festival is an 11-day annual cultural event featuring live dance and music honoring the UAE’s heritage. Every year since 250 years ago, the festival has happened in Qasr Al Hosn Square, celebrating Abu Dhabi’s influence on the entire world. Thousands of locals and tourists gather to enjoy the event, giving a sneak peek into the uniqueness of Abu Dhabi.
The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 2 business hours of successful booking.
In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
No refund applicable.