- cnr Khalid bin al-Walid & Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Sts Al-Hosn
Lonely Planet review for Qasr al-Husn
Once home to the ruling Al-Nahyan family, this splendid, white palace fort, built in 1761, is Abu Dhabi's oldest building. This is from where Abu Dhabi was governed from the 18th century until 1966. Not officially open to the public, the palace will soon be undergoing restoration to return it to its original state - until work begins you can call the Cultural Foundation to arrange an informal tour.
Decorated with gorgeous Portuguese tiles, the imposing main entrance features a small, wooden door spiked with black iron nails set within a larger wooden door. Within the walls there are pleasant courtyards and palm-filled gardens that are wonderful to wander around. Inside the palace itself are intricately carved wooden doors, long corridors divided by delicate mashrabiyya screens, and high-ceilinged rooms decorated with painted friezes of birds, peacocks, flowers and calligraphy.