Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid at the inauguration of Qasr Al Watan.


UAE Presidential Palace’s Qasr Al Watan opens to public


ABU DHABI – A section of the Presidential Palace complex in Abu Dhabi opened to the public starting at 12pm on Monday (March 11).

Ahead of the opening, UAE leaders inaugurated the section called Qasr Al Watan, a new cultural landmark at the complex.

The decision to open a section of the Presidential Palace to the public was done under the directive of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Today, the palace is the official meeting place for the UAE Cabinet and the Federal Supreme Council – the highest constitutional authority in the UAE, and is where official state visits and global leaders are hosted.

With the section of the palace open, visitors will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the UAE’s governing traditions and values, and will be able to explore a well-preserved legacy of knowledge and tradition.

The palace also houses the Qasr Al Watan Library where scholars will be able to explore a vast collection of books and resources about the UAE’s political, social and cultural history and learn about the nation’s progressive journey.

The opening of Qasr Al Watan to the public comes in line with the UAE’s ambition to transition towards a knowledge-based economy as part of the Vision 2021 National Agenda, which aims to place the UAE among the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union in the year 2021.

More than a traditional palace, Qasr Al Watan is an exquisitely crafted tribute to the region’s Arabian heritage and artistry, and the architectural and interior design echo the significance of the exhibits housed within its walls and the function of its most ionic rooms.

Visitors will appreciate the enriching experience throughout their tour at the Palace.

In the west wing, they will learn about the formation of the UAE and its system of governance, and have access to halls typically reserved for official summits.

Within the House of Knowledge in the east wing, visitors can explore a vast collection of artefacts and rare manuscripts that highlight the Arab world’s contributions to various intellectual fields including science, arts, humanities and literature.

In the evening, visitors will enjoy a magnificent light and sound show which will be projected onto the facade of the iconic building.

A story told in three acts, the show draws a link between the aspirations of Qasr Al Watan and the vision of the nation, reflecting on the UAE’s journey of the past, present and future. GAD/WAM


What: Qasr Al Watan

Where: Al Ras Al Akhdar – Abu Dhabi

Timings: Daily from 10am to 8pm

Tickets: Dh60 for adults and Dh30 for children (Palace and Garden access) or
Dh25 for adults and Dh12 for children (Garden and Visitor Centre access). Free entry for children aged 3 years old and below



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