Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan has been named among the best art landmarks in the world.
The honour was conferred by travel and tourism website hotelandrest.com, citing the venue’s cultural and historical heritage.
It highlighted the venue’s unique blend of tradition founded on Arabian and Emirati culture, with modernity as seen in the architecture and design.
Sitting on 380,000 sq.mt. Presidential Palace compound, Qasr Al Watan means Palace of the Nation and to this day continues to welcome heads of state and dignitaries.
It was opened to the public in March and features exhibitions, a library housing books and resources about the UAE and the House of Knowledge, which contains resources on Arab contributions to various fields of study.
Some of the artefacts in possession of Qasr Al Watan is the replica of the Birmingham Quran, which represents the earliest surviving holy book written in one of the ancient Arabic calligraphies.
Another noteworthy literature is the Encyclopedia of Natural History containing around 20,000 facts on classical antiquity gathered by Roman scholar Pliny the Elder.
The exterior, meanwhile, features striking designs paying homage to Islamic architecture – dome and ornate tile work with interwoven patterns and façade designed with white granite and limestone.
There are also more than 5,000 rare geometric and floral patterns inspired by elements and characteristics of the region.
A sound and light show in the evening highlights the UAE’s rich culture and heritage shown through Qasr Al Watan’s façade.
Daily tours are between 10am and 8pm for AED 60 for adults and AED 30 for kids aged four to 17.
With special garden-only tickets for AED 25 for adults and AED 12 for children aged four to 17.
For more information visit: qasralwatan.ae