The Qasr Al Watan is a contemporary palace built in traditional Arabian style. It has a unique feature of the great level of artistry and craftsmanship in its features, in a tribute to the region’s Arabian heritage.
The facade of the Palace is constructed from granite and limestone built to last hundreds of years. Its white colour was chosen to symbolise peace and purity while reflecting Gulf traditions of light-coloured buildings to reflect heat.
Each and every door of the Palace took 350 hours to make and is constructed from solid maple, with hard-carved designs detailed in 23-carat gold.
More than 5,000 geometric and floral patterns adorn palace surfaces, each of them unique to Qasr Al Watan, while inspired by traditional Arab iconography.
HOUSE OF KNOWLEDGE
The ‘House of Knowledge’ is situated in the east wing, where you can explore the castle’s huge choice of uncommon ancient rarities and original copies. They have been curated to record the Arab world’s commitments to different fields including science, expressions, humanities and writing. To pay tribute to the 2019 UAE Year of Tolerance, three blessed books – the Holy Quran, the Holy Bible and the book of David’s Psalms are shown together as an image of peaceful concurrence.
This room features some portion of the gathering of strategic endowments the UAE has received from dignitaries during state visits. Try not to miss the floor coverings from Turkmenistan, an elaborate sword and shield from Kazakhstan, among others.
Qasr Al Watan is open seven days a week from 10 am – 8 pm.
• Access to the Palace of Qasr Al Watan
• Access to the gardens of Qasr Al Watan
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