Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace United Arab Emirates
The absolutely beautiful Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi serves as the Presidential palace of the United Arab Emirates.
The moment the doors open and you enter to the Great Hall, you are instantly hit with the contemporary design built in the traditional Arabian style. The amount of detail on every corner is something to stop and admire.
In 2019, UAE’s rulers decided to open the palace to the public, where you can explore its architectural beauty. Before it opened to the public, the Qasr Al Watan presidential palace was used only for official purposes, hosting foreign leaders and meetings. The majestic palace is still being used for the country’s supreme council and the federal cabinet.
The Great Hall’s main feature is the central dome, which stands 60 meters above ground and is one of the largest domes in the world.
The Qasr Al Watan facade is made of granite and limestone with detailed decoration. It is estimated that the beautiful building took over 150 Million man-hours to build.
When you walk around the stunning Qasr Al Watan, you know you are in one of the most opulent spaces you will ever visit in your lifetime. The combination of traditional Arab styles and contemporary decor is truly astonishing.
Abu Dhabi and United Arab Emirates continue growing as a top global destination, and this palace is undoubtedly becoming one of Abu Dhabi’s top attractions.
Outside of the main halls, you can’t miss a huge gold sculpture that we found to be very unique and beautiful, also a great spot for taking amazing photos. Mattar Bin Lahej designed the Sculpture with a beautiful Arabic script that spells a quote by Sheikh Zayen bin Sultan Al Nahyan that describes that wealth is in the people, not oil.
One of the most interesting parts of the Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace is the two halls of the House of Knowledge. These halls are filled with artifacts and manuscripts on display that show the Arab contribution to the world.