Abu Dhabi tourist places seeped in history | Visit Abu Dhabi
National Geographic takes you to Qasr Al Hosn, one of the most interesting Abu Dhabi tourist places.
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There are so many things to do in the UAE, and tons of Abu Dhabi tourist places to visit. From heritage sites to art museums, dune adventures to luxury resorts, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Abu Dhabi tourist places. Qasr Al Hosn – the nation’s living memorial and a narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history – is a highlight. Have you made your list of top Abu Dhabi tourist places to visit yet?
Over the centuries, Qasr Al Hosn has been home to the ruling family, acted as the seat of government, housed the National Consultative Council founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the UAE, as well as being a national archive.
The oldest standing structure in Abu Dhabi, the picturesque Qasr Al Hosn is home to an original watchtower that makes for incredible photographs. Built around the 1790s, this commanding structure overlooked the coastal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island. Qasr Al Hosn comprises two major iconic buildings: the Inner Fort (originally constructed in 1795) and the Outer Palace (1939-45). Transformed into a museum in 2018 following over a decade of intensive conservation and restoration work, Qasr Al Hosn is a national monument that encapsulates the development of Abu Dhabi from a settlement reliant on fishing and pearling in the 18th century, to a modern, global metropolis, displaying artefacts and archival materials dating back to as far as 6,000BC.
Today, the beautiful Al Hosn site, which has seen immaculate renovations, is a wonderful place to see centuries of crafts come to life. Discover artifacts documenting Emirati life dating back to 6000BC, as well as traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation, including Bedouin sadu weaving, talli embroidery and the making of pearl fishermen’s nets and baskets. Children, too, will love exploring its beautiful structure and nooks and crannies. Qasr Al Hosn is one of the best Abu Dhabi tourist places to visit if you’re into culture, heritage and history.
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