Starting on Monday, 11th March, the UAE Presidential Palace will open its doors to the public.
Found inside the complex is Qasr Al Watan, the section where tourists and residents are welcome to explore to discover more about the country’s government, traditions and history.
This latest move falls in line with the government’s aim to boost tourism by adding significant landmarks to visit and at the same time spread awareness on the country’s history and rich culture.
But before you start making plans to visit, here are some things worth knowing about Abu Dhabi’s new cultural landmark.
- The Presidential Palace – located in Al Ras Al Akhdar – is the official meeting place for the cabinet members and the Federal Supreme Council. Furthermore, the venue hosts global leaders during official state visits. Recent guests include Pope Francis, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- Qasr Al Watan means Palace of the Nation in English.
- A library inside the complex displays a massive collection of books and resources about the country’s social, political and cultural history.
- There will be interactive cultural exhibitions in various parts of the venue including a section detailing the formation of the UAE and government system. Guests can also access halls where official summits are usually done.
- A section called House of Knowledge holds various artefacts and rare manuscripts documenting the various contributions to science, arts, humanities and literature by the Arabs.
- A daily light and sound show will be projected onto the building’s façade in the evening. The spectacle will tell a story connecting the palace’s significance in the UAE’s history and role in the past, present and future.
- Design-wise, the palace features lush gardens, large domes and courtyards inspired by Mughal-era architecture from past centuries.
- The landmark is open to the public from 10am to 8pm. Tickets prices are AED 60 for adults and AED 12 for children for full access. For those who want to only explore the garden area, AED 25 for adults and AED 12 for children fees apply. Children age three and below can enter for free.
For tour booking and more information, visit www.qasralwatan.ae