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Qasr Al Hosn - History, Culture and Heritage


13 Aug Onwards Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi | AED. 30.00 Onwards
Parking Available
ID Required
Social Distancing
Temp Checks
Family Event
All Allowed
Free Cancellation
No Outside Food or Beverages

Key Highlights

Welcome to Qasr Al Hosn — Abu Dhabi's oldest and most significant monument. Constructed in the 1790s as a watchtower and home to the ruling Al Nahyan family, Qasr Al Hosn showcases the fascinating culture and rich history of the nation.

  • Home to the region's most prized archeological artifacts and materials dating back to 6000 BC.
  • Marvel at the historic successes of this fishing village turned bustling metropolis
  • Visit the House of Artisans and see traditional Emirati Art
  • Skip the line with your tickets and immerse yourself into the meaningful sights, stories and structures.

  1. Enjoy priority access and head directly into Qasr Al Hosn to witness Abu Dhabi’s rich story
  2. Discover the ancestral home of the al Nahyan and the symbolic heart of Abu Dhabi as you explore the Inner Fort and Outer Palace
  3. Learn more about how Abu Dhabi progressed from a traditional pearling settlement to a modern and global metropolis
  4. Stumble upon the heritage of craft at the House of Artisans which preserves the intangible legacy of United Arab Emirates

What To Expect

Fast Track Entry to Qasr Al Hosn. Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi. It includes the city’s first permanent structure, a coral and sea stone watchtower, built to protect the settlement of Abu Dhabi established on the island in the 1760s.


10 AM -  9 PM

2 PM - 10 PM

(Note: During the holy month of Ramadan the opening hours shall be 10 am - 11 pm on all days except Fridays. Friday timings will be 5 PM to 11 PM)

COVID-19 Precautions

At the entrance, the security team will measure your temperature using a handheld digital Infrared body thermometer.

  • The security guard will also check that all visitors are wearing masks and will observe their general health for any flu symptoms.
  • In the event that the site has reached full capacity, you will be invited to wait in the House of Artisans reception space or encouraged to visit the Cultural Foundation exhibitions.
  • Signage is placed across the site, reminding visitors of the precautionary guidelines.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all ticketing counters. Water and hand-held fans are provided upon request.

Detailed Experience

Located in downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Hosn is the original urban block of the city, a witness to the evolution of the city from a traditional pearling settlement to a modern global metropolis. Al Hosn comprises major elements: Qasr Al Hosn, Cultural Foundation, National Consultative Council, House of Artisans, Bait Al Gahwa Initiative, Water Feature and F&B.
Incorporating the oldest structure in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn is the narrator of Abu Dhabi’s past, telling stories of diplomacy, history and Emirati traditions, as well as those of the men and women who lived in the ruler’s palace. The National Consultative Council building stands as a symbol of the federalization and unity of the UAE, while House of Artisans serves to promote and preserve the tangible and intangible heritage of the UAE. Cultural Foundation represents one of the early achievements of the young nation-state – its first cultural centre, which would go on to become the home of cultural and social life in modern Abu Dhabi.


  • Fast Track Entry to Qasr Al Hosn
  • Complimentary Admission to House of Artisans, Cultural Foundation, and landscape

* UAE residence above 60 years can enter free of charge by presenting their emirates ID.


Hotel Transfers and Guide are not included 

Know Before You Go

  • This Ticket entitles you to one admission to Qasr Al Hosn; which includes admission to House of Artisans, Beit Al Gahwa initiative, Cultural Foundation, and landscape only. Your ticket does not include anything not expressly specified in these terms and conditions.
  • This Ticket must be redeemed before the expiry date above
  • Your dress and appearance must be suitable for Qasr Al Hosn and in keeping with the culture and values of the United Arab Emirates.
  • A Government issued photo ID may be required as proof of age.
  • Before you plan your visit, please check www.qasralhosn.ae for the latest information on opening and closing times and other updates.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, non-amendable and non-transferable. This Ticket is void if altered or damage.
  • Your Ticket does not include a guide.
  • Your Ticket is only valid for one entry to Qasr Al Hosn. No re-entry is permitted once you leave the permitted premises.
  • Food and drink may not be brought into Qasr Al Hosn.
  • Only third parties specifically authorized by the Reseller in writing may re-sell or transfer this Ticket. Tickets purchased fraudulently or from an unauthorized third party are void.
  • Certain areas, exhibitions and exhibits may be unavailable during your visit. No compensation will be made to you for such unavailability.
  • Admission to Qasr Al Hosn and use of the Ticket is at your sole risk and, to the maximum extent permitted by law.
  • Qasr Al Hosn continues to function as an official state venue. Therefore, it is possible that there will be unexpected closures. In the event that a closure necessitates the cancelation of this Ticket, the Reseller’s sole liability to you will be a full refund of the Ticket price you paid only.
  • The Operator may deny admission or remove you from Qasr Al Hosn for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

  • These tickets allow free cancellation up to 48 hours before the schedule. 
  • After that they cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.
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