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Qasr Al Hosn- The iconic building of Abu Dhabi


Qasr-Al-Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn, the cultural birthplace of Abu Dhabi, is the oldest stone building in the city of Abu Dhabi. Qasr Al Hosn was built in 1760. It was used as the watchtower for defending the only freshwater well on Abu Dhabi island. Although Qasr Al Hosn is widely known as the white fort, it wasn’t white when it was built. It was painted white during its 1976-1983 renovations. The tower was later enlarged into a small fort in 1793 Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan and became the permanent residence of the ruling Sheikh. The tower got its present shape after the major extension in the late 1930s.

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure.The building comprises of two major iconic buildings: the Inner Fort (originally constructed in 1795) and the Outer Palace (1939-45).

Currently, the Qasr al-Hosn houses a museum displaying the history of Abu Dhabi and Arabian Gulf areas through pictures, artifacts, weapons, and other cultural stuff. The fort is considered as a gemstone by the archaeological & historical researchers. It is indeed an iconic heritage attraction of cultural and historical significance.

Being the pride of Abu Dhabi, the fort has been standing for more than 2 and a half centuries.

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History Of Qasr Al Hosn

The Qasr al-Hosn is currently the subject of extensive historical, archaeological, and architectural research. Explore the historical timeline view of Qasr Al Hosn fort

Orgin of Abu-Dhabi

January 1, 1761

Orgin of Abu-Dhabi

1761 – 1795 The Origin of Abu Dhabi The Islands were rich in natural resources and surrounding shallow waters. To protect these shallow pools of fresh water known as scrapes the Sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe, Dhiyab Bin Isa built a watchtower on coral and sea stone.

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A Tower Becomes a Fortress

January 1, 1795

A Tower Becomes a Fortress

1795 – 1850s Transformation into A Fort Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Dhiyab expanded the tower to a fort by building more towers. The fort protected nearby shipping routes. Later he developed fort as his seat of government, military headquarters, and as his family home.

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A Community Takes Shape

January 1, 1855

A Community Takes Shape

1855 – 1909 A Community Takes Shape In 1855, Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa, also known as Zayed the Great, united the tribes of the region. Under his rule, the region improved trade and diplomatic relations with foreign countries. Abu Dhabi continued its immense growth under the rule of Qasr Al Hosn. Fishing remained a valuable industry for Read more…

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The Fort Expands

January 1, 1928

The Fort Expands

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 Read more…

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Modern Day Qasr Al Hosn Emerges

January 1, 1980

Modern Day Qasr Al Hosn Emerges

1980 – 1990 During this period, Qasr Al Hosn remained the heart of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s plans; with the fort serving as his family home, seat of governance for the new nation – ordering a full restoration for the Al Hosn site, with the intention to turn it in to the city’s national Read more…

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Conserving a National Monument

January 1, 1990

Conserving a National Monument

1990 – Present Day Conserving a National Monument Over the last decade, the covering of the walls of fort accumulated corrosive materials on the surface of the original coral stone bricks. Following this discovery, an extensive conservation project was put into action to renovate the fort’s walls. Renovation done with the assistance of latest technology allowing for Read more…

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His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces opened the historical cultural site of Qasr Al Hosn after the renovation process. We are proud to partner with the Qasr al-Hosn development team for the renovation process. Qasr al-Hosn teaches the rich culture of UAE to the world.

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