Qasr Al Watan
Qasr Al Watan
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Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural Buildings
11:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:15 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.
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  • Mapfay
    Devon, United Kingdom32 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 August 9, 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 August 10, 2023
  • Horzsi
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates73 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 August 20, 2023
  • SinghUK
    Paris, France48 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 August 27, 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 October 7, 2023
  • Flower53_10
    Tbilisi, Georgia1,590 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 October 15, 2023
  • Caroline P
    Glasgow, United Kingdom1 contribution
    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 October 20, 2023
  • CONIGLIA SIERRA
    Rome, Italy34 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 October 31, 2023
  • ramkhallagram23
    Bayside, New York22 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 November 3, 2023
  • GAYLE L
    8 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 November 9, 2023
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PotatoRareSide
Dubai, United Arab Emirates55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Walking into Qasr Al Watan is like stepping into a fairytale. The place is run like clockwork, with queues moving so fast you barely notice you're in one. And the buses? They're right there when you need them, no waiting around.

But let's talk about the main event – the Lights in Motion show. It's like the palace walls come alive at night, telling stories with every color and beam of light. It's not just organized; it's pure magic. The kind of thing that makes you forget to check your phone because you're too busy living in the moment.

In short, Qasr Al Watan nails it. It's the kind of night that makes you feel like royalty, without any of the stuffiness. Just pure, organized fun – and a light show that'll knock your socks off!
Written April 22, 2024
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BD
Bromley, UK456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This amazing Palace is huge. After showing QR code and passing through security you are invited on a bus which takes you to the awesome Palace. It is so huge it’s breathtaking.
We had photos taken in the international conference room and we bought all the digital photos and were brought over for more photos at another point inside the palace. I’m sorry I didn’t catch our lovely helper’s name as he was so good and showed me where they were all downloaded on my phone. Super helpful and fantastic customer service.
The Palace itself was magnificent. Loved it all.
So many buses on standby to take you back to the main entrance. Very efficient- even on one of the worst weather days Abu Dhabi had experienced.
Written April 17, 2024
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Journey63797165427
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Grander than I expected. Value for money. Missed the Light show. Must visit attraction. Better than The Mosque. Very convenient. Booking on-line is cheaper.
Written April 16, 2024
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anthony d
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The place is royal and very nice to see and explore. Make sure you go late to benefit from the light show at the end of the day.
Written April 15, 2024
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Touria E
Kearny, NJ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Really worth taking a look, beautiful exhibition and the kids loved visiting “the royal palace”. I wish they other more photography locations but overall the experience was great.
Written April 13, 2024
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Lola
Geneva, Switzerland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was very nice. Personal was very sympathetic and ready to help. It is a very nice building. It is recommend to be visited. I think it is a must to be visited. In general I was very positively surprised and enjoyed the visit with my family.
Written April 13, 2024
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Bahaa
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The palace is stunningly designed with luxurious, fine architecture. The live music and the hospitality of the staff are truly remarkable.
Written April 12, 2024
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Getaway66715666123
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I am from Travel company Wings n wheels Bangalore India i came along with my family.Qasar Al Watan is a amazing and mesmerizing place it is one of beautiful memories we had in Abu Dhabi Trip... I will definitely send my clients to Qasar Al Watan.
Hats off to adminstration team
Thanks for the opportunity...

Sreenivas N
MD
Wings N wheels
Written April 12, 2024
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Muxar79
Milton Keynes, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Must visit this amazing Palace.
From the entrance to the courtyard, everything is huge and impressive.
Please remember that wearing shorts are not permitted.
Written April 11, 2024
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Alejandra C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Majestic, opulent and a must see in Abu Dhabi. So generous of Abu Dhabi government to share with us such monumental and inspiring place !
Written April 9, 2024
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Qasr Al Watan admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$30.36, while a popular guided tour starts around C$20.62 per person.



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