Qasr Al Watan is a working Presidential palace in Abu Dhabi and a majestic cultural landmark that invites you to discover the rich legacy of knowledge and tradition that has shaped the UAE's journey. More than just a traditional palace, Qasr Al Watan boosts cultural understanding of the nation and emphasises its incredible history. The palace stands as an icon of Abu Dhabi's skyline with a design exquisitely crafted to tribute to its Arabian heritage and artistry. You will feel the grandeur as you enter the grounds. The structure and open halls echo its significance in Emirati culture.
The palace in Abu Dhabi has one of the city's most impressive and unmissable attractions, the family-friendly Palace In Motion event. Be astounded by the spectacular light and sound show that celebrates the UAE's journey in three breathtaking acts that unfold in front of the main palace every 30 minutes after sundown, with the final entry taken 30 minutes before showtime. Timings are subject to change.
Qasr Al Watan places a strong emphasis on learning and knowledge sharing. Here, you can expect to learn about the formation of the UAE and the country's governing traditions and values. The palace highlights Arab contributions to various fields of knowledge and gives you access to halls typically reserved for official summits. Inside, you'll also find the Qasr Al Watan Library and the House of Knowledge, where history and culture buffs and scholars can explore a vast collection of books, manuscripts and other resources about the UAE and learn about the nation's progressive journey.
A highlight of your journey through Qasr Al Watan will be a visit to the Spirit of Collaboration area. Here, entities such as the Federal Supreme Council, the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council come together to express ambitions, set agendas and map the way forward. Visitors can learn about diplomacy and protocol as they admire the room's iconic chandelier and circular layout, symbolising the UAE's commitment to illumination and equality.
The Presidential Banquet, meanwhile, reveals how UAE hosts the world, with this immaculately set banqueting hall welcoming VIP officials from around the globe and treating them to warm Emirati hospitality. During your visit to The Presidential Banquet, you can enjoy an in-depth introduction to the customs, protocols, and cuisine served here and insights into the unique collections of silver, crystal and chinaware.
Book your tickets
Tickets for Qasr al Watan are AED 65 for adults and AED 30 for children. You can also purchase tickets for the Palace in Motion light show which takes place each night from 8pm with tickets ranging from AED 25 for adults and AED 12 for children. Book your tickets online through the official Qasr Al Watan ticket portal.
To get to Qasr Al Watan, you must first head to the Visitor Centre from which you can enter the palace. There you'll find free and ample parking should you arrive by car. Valet parking is also available at the Visitor Centre car park at a charge of AED 80. Parking is open from 9:30am to 9:30pm, seven days a week.
Frequently asked questions about Qasr Al Watan
Is it free to visit Qasr Al Watan?
Tickets for Qasr al Watan are AED 65 for adults and AED 30 for children.
How can I enter Qasr Al Watan?
To get to Qasr Al Watan, you must first head to the Visitor Centre from which you can enter the palace. There you'll find free and ample parking should you arrive by car.
How long is the Qasr Al Watan light show?
The Palace in Motion light show lasts for approximately 15 minutes.
Why was Qasr Al Watan built?
Qasr Al Watan was built to host dignitaries and leaders and stand as a landmark that symbolises the UAE's culture and history.
Can I visit Presidential Palace Abu Dhabi?
Visitors are more than welcome to tour the palace.
Is Emirates Palace and Presidential Palace the same?
No, Emirates Palace is a separate grand palace which operates as a hotel.