Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi
Qasr Al Watan is more than just a palace, it is an enriching interactive journey in a contemporary setting that reveals and reflects on governance, knowledge and craftsmanship. Qasr Al Watan is an incredible, new and unique landmark in the Middle East. A Palace brimming with knowledge, offering the world a first-of-its-kind insight into the Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the United Arab Emirates and its vision to the future.
The Palace offers you a unique opportunity to marvel at majestic hallways that is sure to leave you with a meaningful experience, explore exhibitions that celebrate the region’s rich Arabic heritage and learn more about the rulers and governing institutions that shaped our great nation. You will also gain a deeper appreciation of the innovations that will drive the country’s future.
The visitor experience at Qasr Al Watan is an inspiring and educational tour of Emirati and Arabian excellence. Here, visitors will learn about the principles that have propelled traditional Arabian design to remarkable status. Visitors will also gain a rare insight into Emirati governance and culture through the Palace’s exhibits. Most notably, visitors will enjoy exploring the expansive selection of timeless books and manuscripts at House of Knowledge and Qasr Al Watan Library.
Discover the Zones
Gain a brief understanding of each zone in Qasr Al Watan’s unforgettable tour experience.
A Memory from the Palace
Take back a moment from your journey with us. At the start of the tour experience, visitors can enjoy a special photo opportunity in the Palace’s dedicated Media Room. There is simply no better way to commemorate a visit to one of the world’s most unique cultural landmarks. Photos can be picked up at the gift shop once the tour has ended.
The Great Hall
Step into a true testament of traditional Arabian craftsmanship and artistry. Within this grand space, visitors will gain a deeper appreciation of the region’s architectural and artistic legacy. From the central dome and archways to the ornamentation and mosaic patterns, The Great Hall is truly a sight to behold. Every visitor can also reflect upon the mesmerising details of The Great Hall by exploring the mirrored cubes positioned at every corner of this exquisitely crafted zone.
Explore a collection of gifts signifying a legacy of goodwill between the UAE and the world. Designed as a vibrant showcase of cultural exchange and international diplomacy, this exhibition offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most cherished diplomatic gifts received by the UAE. Visitors will also learn about the cultural considerations and protocols that are involved in selecting diplomatic gifts.
Spirit of Collaboration
Walk into space where the region’s future is being decided. Here is where entities such as the Federal Supreme Council, the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council come together to express ambitions, set agendas, and map the way forward. Visitors can learn about diplomacy and protocol as they admire the iconic chandelier and circular layout of the room, symbolising the UAE’s commitment to equality and illumination.
The Presidential Banquet
Discover how our nation hosts the world. Behind these doors lies an immaculately set banqueting hall wherein officials from around the globe are treated to a unique taste of Emirati hospitality. Visitors of The Presidential Banquet can enjoy an in-depth introduction to the customs, protocols, cuisine and even the unique collections of silver, crystal and china that make this experience a truly remarkable, world-class affair.
House of Knowledge
Uncover the monumental influence of Arabian scholarship on human civilization and progress. In this enlightening exhibition, visitors will encounter a vast selection of valuable artefacts and manuscripts that shed light on the Arab region’s most notable contributions to astronomy, science, art, literature and much more. Amidst the House of Knowledge’s curated pathways, visitors will also gain an understanding of the origins of Arabian libraries.
Qasr Al Watan Library
Unlock a legacy of knowledge told through an incredible collection of timeless literature. Envisioned by HH the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Qasr Al Watan Library is aimed at preserving and sharing centuries of Arabian knowledge and culture with the world. Featuring a collection of 50,000 books from various ages of Arabian scholarship, this library is an expansive space where history and knowledge help inspire and mold the future. Qasr Al Watan Library welcomes all age groups.
Qasr Al Watan is now open 7 days a week from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Exception: closure for notified events).
Palace, Exhibitions and Library
- Daily: 10:00am – 7:15pm
- Last Entry 30 minutes before closing
- Palace doors close at 7:00 pm
Palace in Motion: Light and Sound Show
- Regular show time begins at 7:45 pm*
- Last Entry 30 minutes before showtime
Gift Shops, Ticketing and Dining
- During opening hours
*Timings may vary seasonally
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Food and Beverages (except bottled water)
- Penknives or knives of any kind
- Long umbrellas
- Bicycles, folding bikes, roller-skates or skateboards
- Pets or animals
- Large bags that can’t fit through airport-style security scanners
- CS gas (tear gas) or any weapon
- This is a working government building, unexpected closures may occur, with little or no notice. You will be notified prior to arrival.