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Al-Hosn Palace in Abu Dhabi

By our Abu Dhabi Local Expert

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      The Qasr Al Hosn Fort is the former home of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The interior courtyard is a haven of tranquility in traditional Arab style, in marked contrast with the glass and concrete of the modern city beyond its walls. Al Hosn Palace also commonly called as the Old Fort or the White Fort is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. The center holds a collection of documents on the heritage and history of the UAE and the Gulf region. The courtyard and the magnificent tile work over the main north gate are outstanding features. There is a museum of traditional artifacts and historical photographs within the palace. Displays include a natural history section featuring animal life from the desert and historical section with displays of the history of Abu Dhabi as well as pottery and other artifacts. The tower contains a display of weapons used throughout history in Abu Dhabi.

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     The palace was built in 1793 as the residence of the ruling family and the seat of government. It remained the royal palace (hence the name Qasr al-Hosn, meaning palace-fort) and seat of government until 1966. Plans have been drafted in 2007 to redevelop the site and open it up to the public. In 1980, the Palace was completely maintained and is now backing to its original shape and form. It is currently a leading and tourist monument in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. As the emirates go forward and continues to become a force of stability and progress, the Al  Hosn Fort in Abu Dhabi remains a shining example of the city's heritage and identity.

Location of Al-Hosn Palace in Abu Dhabi

It is located along Sheikh Zayed the First Street (Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa), on the same compound as the Cultural Foundation.

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