ANNO 1761


Constructed in 1761 this old watchtower is the center of Abu Dhabi. After 11 years of restauration and renovation works it finally opened its doors to the public in December 2018. The monument shows the development of Abu Dhabi from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis. On display are items and artefacts that date back as far as 8000 years but mainly it will give you a glimpse of what governmental and presidential life in Abu Dhabi has been in the 18th and 19th century as the fort used to be home to the ruler and at the same time seat of the government.

The building consist of the inner fort which was constructed in 1795 and the newer outer palace, constructed in 1935. It now houses a museum displaying artefacts that show Abu Dhabi´s fishing and pearling history.

Surrounding the old fort is a beautiful park and the National Consultative Council and House of Artisans. In the house of artisans you will find traditional Emirati handicrafts such as khoos, sadoo and talli. All this is in the ticket price included.

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Location, Tickets and Opening Hours

Right in the center of Abu Dhabi close to the Corniche on Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street - Get Directions

Adults: AED30
Children (6-11): AED15
Children under 6: free

Opening Hours:
Sat.- Thu: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 12pm to 10pm

You can also visit the neighboring Cultural Foundation which displays beautiful work of arts.

Evening Desert Safari

3.30pm to 9.30pm - Dune Bashing, Camel Riding, Belly Dancer Show & BBQ Dinner in the Desert

Dhow Dinner Cruise

8pm to 10pm - Luxury Dinner Cruise along the impressive Corniche on board a traditional arabic wooden dhow. 5* Buffet and soft drinks included.

Sunrise Desert Safari

5am to 9am - Watch the Sun Rise in the Arabian Desert followed by traditional breakfast

Morning Desert Safari

8am to 11am - Dune Bashing & Camel Riding Fun for the Whole Family

Overnight Desert Safari

3pm till 10am next day - Dune Bashing, BBQ, Camel Riding & Overnight Stay

Liwa Desert Safari

8.30am to 6.30pm - Full Day Liwa trip including dune bashing, camel farm visit, Fort Liwa visit and the Moreeb Dune

Liwa Overnight Desert Safari

1pm to 10am next day - Overnight Liwa trip including dune bashing, camel farm visit, Fort Liwa visit and the Moreeb Dune

Morning Camel Trekking

Starts at 8am - Peaceful Morning Camel Trek Across Beautiful Dunes

Quad Bike Tour

From 8am to 11am - Quad Bike Tour in the Arabian Desert followed by Coffee, Tea & Dates

Private Dune Buggy Tour

From 8am - Driving Fun in the Arabian Desert followed by Coffee, Tea & Dates

Modern Dubai City Tour - Full Day

11am to 8.30pm - Explore Dubai in this private full day city tour in a luxury limousine. You will be able to visit famous Dubai highlights such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, The Palm, and many more.

Abu Dhabi City Tour - Full Day

9am to 5pm - The highlights of this private full day tour in a luxury limousine are for example the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, The Souk, Heritage Village, Qasr Al Hosn, Dates Market, Masdar City, Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi City Tour - Half Day

9am to 1pm - Visit places like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace Hotel, The Souk, Heritage Village, Qasr Al Hosn or Dates Market in this private half day tour. Or create your own Itinerary.

Dinner in the sky

Unique dining experience in Dubai. Enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner 50m above Dubai Marina - from AED469