Qasr al-Hosn is the oldest building in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. This is the main symbol of the ancient history and architecture of the UAE, its iconic landmark. This fort was founded in the late 18th century, and for a long time it was the residence of the rulers of Abu Dhabi. Interestingly, the average age of old buildings in Abu Dhabi is about 30 years.
The fortress Qasr al-Hosn in Abu Dhabi together with the Royal Palace represent a rectangular massive structure. There are two towers, which are scalloped on the top, located on corners. Two rectangular shape towers are in the other two corners. All the towers are connected by continuous solid structures, creating an enclosed courtyard of the complex. The form of Qasr al-Hosn resembles a medieval castle. There are several towers erected in the courtyard. They are connected by the strong wall as well.
All the buildings are made of white stone that seems to glow in the sun, contrasting with the green grass that covers the lawns around them. The fortress is surrounded by palm trees and neatly paved walkways.
Visitors are kept out of the fort, therefore you can`t look inside it. However, the tourists have an opportunity to climb the observation tower. Now, the fort is the Cultural Foundation of the country with a research center, a repository of historical documents and a library. The March book fair and the film festival are held annually in the building of the Cultural Foundation.
Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed the First Street - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
24° 28′ 56.6″ N, 54° 21′ 17.35″ E