Qasr al Hosn

  • Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birthplace and most historical landmark. Qasr (the Arabic word for palace) and Hosn (the Arabic word for fort) refers to the dual uses of this 250-year-old location; as a defensive structure housing military units and as a royal abode and seat of government. The Bani Yas tribes who discovered fresh water on Abu Dhabi Island (building a watchtower to protect it) are ancestors of the present day ruling Al Nahyan family. Qasr Al Hosn hosts an annual event held to strengthen and educate on Emirati heritage and identity. This includes exhibitions, historic activities and interactive workshops with local experts. Board a traditional dhow and listen to old tales of pearl diving, fishing and trading, or watch the skill of creating the incense, bokhor, a key part of traditional Bedouin hospitality.

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