Abu Dhabi Landmarks and Monuments

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE)

Photo of the Corniche and adjacent waterfrontAbu Dhabi is blessed with an array of impressive landmarks and monuments with a rich and interesting history. The city skyline is ever growing with tall skyscrapers and new developments. Visitors will enjoy the city parks in Abu Dhabi, such as the Corniche, which has some relaxing areas with fountains and monuments.

The city is home to numerous old buildings and similar landmarks, such as the Qasr al-Hosn, which was built in the late 1700s. This particular building was first used as a watchtower to guard the only freshwater supply in Abu Dhabi. The 200-year-old Hatta Watchtower is another great place to visit, with spectacular views of the city.

Further view of the Corniche

The Corniche

Address: Downtown seaside, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE
Sited along the beautiful seaside of the city, the Corniche is an impressive landmark, with numerous green parklands, fountains, landmarks and buildings. There are also several attractions worth seeing in the region, including the Petroleum Exhibition and Women's Craft Centre.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Eastern Fort

Address: Sultan bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE
Tel: +971 03 764 1595
Situated within the Al Ain Museum grounds, the Eastern Fort is an imposing building from centuries past that once housed the ruling family. Only a small structure, the fort consists of four high watchtowers with cannons for protection. There are old relics and memorabilia inside that are fascinating to see and learn about.
Open hours: Saturday to Thursday - 09:00 to 19:30, Friday - 15:00 to 19:30
Admission: charge, discount for children

Qasr al-Hosn picture

Qasr al-Hosn

Address: Khalid bin Walid Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE
The Qasr al-Hosn is one of the city's oldest landmarks and dates back to the mid to late 1700s. This much-loved building was first used as a watchtower to guard the only freshwater source in the surrounding area. The tower is commonly called the 'White Fort' after it was covered with white paint in the late 1970s.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday - 07:30 to 13:30
Admission: free

Hatta Watchtower

Address: Hatta, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE
Located in the small village of Hatta, the Watchtower is a 200-year-old fort with a rich and colourful history. The fort has been built on top of high rocks and offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. Hatta Watchtower is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: free

Al Manhal Palace

Address: Downtown District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE
Al Manhal Palace is situated just two blocks from the centre of the downtown district in Abu Dhabi. The 143-acre / 58-hectare area is one of the greenest in the city and was once home to a former ruler of the UAE. The palace building is now beyond repair and locals hope that one day it will be rebuilt and returned to its former glory.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free