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The oldest building in Abu Dhabi, which is called its birthplace. It is next to the modern skyscrapers, recalling the past of the emirate.
At the beginning the Qasr al-Hosn fort was a round watchtower made to protect a well with fresh water, that was the only one at that time in Abu Dhabi. It was built in the late 18th century, and it was turned into a fort later. Sheikh lived here for a while.
In the XX century, the fort was completed with the first income from oil production and it became a fort-palace. For a long time this place was the family palace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Now the fort-palace serves as a museum, in which there are exhibitions of artifacts, paintings, documents, which tell about the past of the UAE. In addition, the Qasr al-Hosn festival is held annually near it.
Photo: © Sigree Ibn Mamak
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See Yowla dance
Yowla is traditionally performed by men in snow-white dresses - kanduras. The dance symbolizes the unity and togetherness of the emirates.FREE21
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Qasr Al Hosn fort on the mapLocation: Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed the First Street
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The Capital Gate
Skyscraper with the biggest inclination angle (18°)! The Capital Gates holds offices, a 5-star hotel and panoramic-view restaurant.11
Yas Waterworld Waterpark
The highlight of this unusual and really grandiose water-park is amusement rides that can't be found anywhere else in the world.22
Hiltonia Beach Club
Hiltonia is the best place for water sports located in the western part of the Corniche. Here you can opt for a banana boat, go water skiing, canoeing, scuba diving or fishing.15
The Old Souq
The oldest market in Abu Dhabi where you can feel the Oriental charm and the spirit of Arabic street trading while walking along unique maze of narrow market streets.13
Emirates Park Zoo
This zoo attracts both adults and children because it is different from other zoos for the possibility to interact with most species, feed and even pat them.19
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon
This first of the five existing mangrove reserves is under the aegis of the state. Its pristine lagoon is home for rare species of birds and animals.21
The Corniche is another outstanding sight in Abu Dhabi. Parks, night clubs, restaurants and beach - exciting things that won't let you just pass by.22
Yas mall is the biggest in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the second biggest in the country. It is located on the famous man-made Yas Island.14
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel
This hotel is the embodiment of the highest standards of luxury vacation, that is beyond comparison in Abu Dhabi. Here you can find an awesome observation platform.8
Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Construction of immense complexity and incredibility in the history of bridge engineering is truly deserves to be awarded the most significant prize in architecture sphere.11
Women's Handicraft Centre
In Women's Handicraft Centre in Abu Dhabi great handicraft items are made up; it seems that they are true art masterpieces.3
The Manarat Al Saadiyat Museum
Here you can get familiar with the contemporary art and find out more about the history of Saadiyat Island. The museum holds all kinds of exhibitions of local and foreign masters.19