Qasr Al Watan
Qasr Al Watan
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Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural Buildings
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:45 PM
About
Qasr Al Watan is an incredible, new and unique landmark in the United Arab Emirates. A Palace brimming with knowledge, offering the world a first-of-its-kind insight into the Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the United Arab Emirates and its vision to the future. Qasr Al Watan is more than just a palace, it is an enriching journey in a contemporary setting that reveals and reflects on governance, knowledge and craftsmanship. The Palace offers you a unique opportunity to marvel at majestic hallways that is sure to leave you with a meaningful experience, explore exhibitions that celebrate the region’s rich Arabic heritage and learn more about the rulers and governing institutions that shaped our great nation. You will also gain a deeper appreciation of the innovations that will drive the country’s future.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mapfay
    Devon, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    90 mins at Qasr Al Watan
    Spent a great 90 mins at Qasr Al Watan with the family. Tickets were very reasonably priced, the experience was also well organised. After you enter the visitor centre you either purchase your tickets or for those who are more organised and have bought them online you can go straight to the security screening. Beware no food or drink allowed (other than water). You are then taken to a coach and you have a short 2-3 minute ride through the complex to the main palace. The coach ride has an audio guide that tells you a little about the history of the place. This palace is very recently built, if I heard correctly it was completed in 2017. When you get off the bus and make your way to the main palace, you are greeted by an amazing, decadent, opulent and generally stunning building. Whilst there is not an huge amount to do other than admire the architecture and design, the content and exhibits on display are just enough to keep you interested and not overwhelmed. Genuinely a place worth visiting whilst in Abu Dhabi.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • NYCDB
    New York City, New York4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Palace - take a peek inside
    In a city with many beautiful sites to see, I would place this in the category of “do not miss”. The tour of this presidential palace (he does not live here) was well run and efficient. After purchasing your ticket, air conditioned buses take you to the main building where you can explore. The palace is impressive with its huge doors, high ceilings, and excellent attention to detail. A favorite room is where all of the gifts from foreign leaders are on display. Seeing the massive doors when you walk in gives you an idea of the grandeur.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Horzsi
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful
    It’s just incredibly beautiful. Working office of the presidential office of AD, lovely visit to discover a bit more of the behind the scenes. Only 60 AED/ person Ask for the headphones audio absolutely worth it, 20 AED, but not really advertised. Get it after the bus drops you. Spend about 2 hrs, it’s breathtaking!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • SinghUK
    Paris, France49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely breathtaking
    The Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace is an amazing place. It is a must do if visiting Abu Dhabi on a day trip. The security though is very high and much more than at an airport. So be preapred There are no dress code restrictions and no need for ladies to cover their heads
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Cruiser45805235527
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place
    The place is very beautiful and the decor is luxurious.. I will definitely repeat the visit with my family. I liked the palace very much and the treatment of the staff is very nice, especially Mrs. Balqis, a wonderful example of good treatment and sophisticated style.. Thank you.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Flower53_10
    Tbilisi, Georgia1,739 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace
    Very beautiful modern government palace. It is mainly a touristic attraction, however it is used by the government for some official meetings. A lot of marble, gold etc. you have to buy tickets to visit the Qasr and after the bus will drive you till the palace. Also no open shoulders etc are allowed, but they have scarves to cover yourself if needed. In general must visit in Abu Dhabi.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Caroline P
    Glasgow, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    It was absolutely breathtaking. A must do visit. I had read about the light show on social media and knowing an evening outing with lights would be a good idea, we didn’t realise how beautiful, and how spectacular it would be. Professional, staff are amazing and so well run. We loved it!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 October 2023
  • CONIGLIA SIERRA
    Rome, Italy33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Qasr Al Watan
    It's beautiful - architecture, chandeliers, peaceful and well signed. The light and sound show is worth going to. Mohammed and Ola, thank you very much for ensuring we found a taxi during a rainy and stormy evening, even offering us the use of your staff shuttle if no taxis were found.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • ramkhallagram23
    Bayside, New York37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best places to see in the entire UAE
    This attraction turned out to be one of my favorites in the entire UAE. Staying in Dubai, I booked it the night before with no expectations just to fill the time in a day trip to Abu Dhabi before my evening tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. From initially being just a time filler, this tour of Qasr Al Watan turned out to be one of the highlights of my entire trip to the UAE. This palace is jaw-dropping. It's probably the nicest interior of a building I've ever seen in my life. The place is so photogenic that basically anything you point your camera at will turn into a good picture, but at the same time, no camera can do this place justice. It has to be seen in person. I found the Qasr Al Watan tickets to be a great value too. On my trip to the UAE, I've had a few instances where after a certain tour or attraction I felt that it wasn't worth the price and I hate feeling like that after an attraction. Qasr Al Watan was the complete opposite. The tickets were relatively inexpensive to begin with and after touring a building this nice I felt that it was definitely worth the price. I would easily do it again and highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 November 2023
  • GAYLE L
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Absolutely stunning must see! We visited later in the day as we wanted to see Palace of motion. This building is a must see it’s absolutely stunning inside and out. Good facilities, plenty of toilets cafeteria shops. I recommend visiting after 4.30pm last visiting is 5:15 pm. This will ensure that you get to see Palace in motion, but please check the website for timing schedules and opening hours.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 November 2023
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Lucky
Lancashire, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
A beautiful palace. A unique building with a beautiful architecture and grandeur. The staff service and organisation of travel was first class. The light show in the evening brought the story of the palace to life.
Written 12 July 2024
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natz_atienza_md
Quezon City, Philippines37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Love the architecture and the place. Gives insight in the rise of the UAE as a country. Would definitely recommend this place to visit
Written 12 July 2024
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Miriam S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Amazing place worth to see it more than once in the lifetime. Architecture,materiáls and all walls ornaments are breathtaking.
Written 10 July 2024
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Alina S
Haarlem, The Netherlands2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Went with a friend and highly enjoyed the tour - our guide was very welcoming and engaging, shared interesting insights
Written 8 July 2024
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hamurashyd
Male9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Very organized and clean. Beautiful place to visit. Need st spend 2 hours or more. Professional photography cost 100 Aed
Written 1 July 2024
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Dreamer53747747570
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Amazing palace.. showcasing Arabic architecture. worth a visit. very impressive structure. light show at night is also good.
Written 25 June 2024
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PS00011
Sedona, AZ270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
After seeing this activity get a "best of the best" rating on TA, we put it on our list. It was okay, but a bit underwhelming. It's definitely impressive, they flashed alot of cash on this place no doubt, but it felt a little weird to pay to walk through something so egregious.

I would have appreciated more facts about the UAE itself. For example, I have read that they have successfully diversified their economy away from oil and gas (which was basically 100% of GDP previously) and have been very aggressive on investing in alternative energy. Info on that would have been of interest. Or just more facts about this new ultra wealthy country could have been more interesting, IMHO. Otherwise we had the distinct feeling we just paid to view a bunch of propoganda.....felt a bit strange. But then again, it's different. It is "new" self-designed history on a very new country.

But regardless, a good thing to do in the heat. Things are user friendly and its very cool in both the shuttles and indoors. We took a taxi back and forth from the Conrad and it was seamless.
Written 24 June 2024
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Mozzroom
New Plymouth, New Zealand674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Sheik Zayad Grand Mosque rates higher than Qasr Al Watan on TripAdvisor but personally I think the later is better.
This place is grand to the extreme and a bit mind blowing really.
You can probably spend about 1 hour here just taking in the opulence and the various displays and information boards.
Google shows that the bus stop for Qasr Al Watan has recently been moved and this is correct but it has only been moved about 50 meters so the bus will still drop you very near the palace if you are making your own way there.
Really liked this place.
Written 24 June 2024
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Victoria
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Awe-inspiring architecture and spectacular magnitude of everything inside. We keep coming back every time we are in town.
Written 24 June 2024
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Keerat Pal S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The architecture is awe inspiring and the light & sound show is also mesmerising. Overall, a surreal experience which one can cherish for long!
Written 23 June 2024
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