Without visiting Qasr Al Hosn, the city's oldest structure, a vacation to Abu Dhabi would be wholly lacking in historical context. It is not just the city's oldest structure, but it is also the most important in terms of culture. It is the main building from which the rest of the city developed, and it continues to exist as evidence of Abu Dhabi's illustrious past. 

As a watchtower that kept an eye on the shipping routes in and around Abu Dhabi's coast, Qasr Al Hosn was constructed in 1790 and played a significant role in the UAE's international trade connections.

The Inner Fort and the Outer Palace are the two main buildings you can view at Qasr Al Hosn. Since it was first constructed as a watchtower, the UAE's central government building has also functioned as a royal house, a venue for council meetings, and is currently home to the country's most significant records and documents.

The location also serves as a museum where visitors may view manuscripts, artifacts from the time when Abu Dhabi was a tiny fishing community, and even tools and weapons that date back to 6,000 BC. If you want to experience the actual spirit of Abu Dhabi, you must unquestionably go to this national landmark.

Every year, thousands of locals and visitors attend the Qasr Al Hosn Festival, one of the most well-known occasions in Abu Dhabi. The festival, which has been held for more than 250 years and is held in part in Qasr Al Hosn Square, provides visitors with an insight into the city's rich history as well as its cultures and traditions.

You can also get a chance to witness Khoo's art, which is regional traditional crafts, at Qasr Al Hosn. Products manufactured using the branches, leaves, and fronds of date palm trees include table mats, lidded baskets, and other items.

Talli is a learned process by specialized Emirati individuals, and you can find out more about it at Qasr Al Hosn. In traditional clothing and apparel, people utilize Talli to make beautiful embroidery using cotton and/or silk. The embroidery on women's traditional garments' collars, sleeves, and hems is often made with a combination of silver and gold thread. Talli is a lengthy and labor-intensive process.

Early Abu Dhabi inhabitants made use of the region's accessible seashore in several ways. They used it to establish a commerce cycle across the Indian Ocean in addition to fishing for fish and pearls.

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Address of Qasr Al Hosn

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

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