1928 – 1966
The Fort Expands
On1939 that Qasr Al Hosn once again became the site of major economic change after Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan negotiated the country’s first oil concessions with Great Britain.
Using a portion of the funds from the oil contract with Great Britain, Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan built an iconic palace that enclosed the founding walls of the fort and tripling the size of the site. This palace instantly became a symbol of Abu Dhabi’s rising economy and growing prosperity.