The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is the UAEâs second largest city with a population of around 900,000. The city which is the countryâs political, economic and industrial hub is a sprawling metropolis and has seen a phenomenal growth during the past decade or so. Tourism plays a big role in Abu Dhabi and the cityâs many interesting sites as well the shopping scene attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Among the many interesting historical tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi, the Al Hosn Palace takes centre stage. Also known as the âWhite Fortâ or âOld Fortâ, the Al Hosn Palace is in fact Abu Dhabiâs oldest building that still stands today. It was originally built over 200 years ago by Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Zayed Al Nahyan when the seat of government was shifted to Abu Dhabi in 1793.
The Al Hosn Palace is located on Sheikh Zayed the First Street on the same premises as the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation which hosts the Documentation and Research Center. The palace itself is separated in to 2 main sections. The Old Fort showcases the original structure dating back to Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan the ruler of the city from 1845 to 1855. The second section consists of the part of the palace which was added on in 1936 by Sheikh Shakhboot. The Al Hosn Palace is indeed an excellent location for tourists to catch a glimpse of the rich history the city of Abu Dhabi boasts of.
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