Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Watan launches self-guided tours in five languages

Visitors to the palace can explore the history, traditions and culture of the UAE using pre-recorded audio

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To enhance the visitor experience at Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan, self-guided tours have been made available in English, Arabic, German, Russian and Chinese.

Visitors can rent a multimedia guide and headset at the palace’s ticketing booth, and then take it with them as they navigate the site. They will be able to listen to pre-recorded audio clips in their language of choice as they are guided on an interactive cultural journey.

Located in Abu Dhabi’s presidential palace compound, Qasr Al Watan, or the Palace of the Nation, offers an opportunity to explore the history, traditions and journey of the UAE, through a vast collection of cultural artefacts, art and rare manuscripts.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October  20, 2020.   Qasr Al Watan reopens to public tours on Tuesday with strict measures in place to limit the spread of Covid-19. 
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Inside Qasr Al Watan. Courtesy Victor Besa/The National  

The palace is divided into a series of zones, including the Great Hall, remarkable for its grand central dome, archways, ornamentation and mosaic patterns, which are a testament to Arabian craftsmanship and artistry.

A zone dedicated to presidential gifts is a marker of the goodwill shared by the UAE and the world, and allows visitors to get up close to some of the most cherished diplomatic gifts received by the UAE. Visitors can also learn about the cultural considerations and protocols that are involved in selecting diplomatic gifts.

Meanwhile, in the presidential banquet zone, where officials from around the world are treated to a taste of Emirati hospitality, visitors can learn about the customs, protocols and cuisine served, and see the silver, crystal and china used by dignitaries.

In 2020, Qasr Al Watan was recognised by the Middle East and North Africa Leisure & Attractions Council as the Best Unique Visitor Attraction, and was also named Middle East's Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards.

Qasr Al Watan is open on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-6pm, and from Thursday to Saturday, 12pm-7.30pm.

Tickets can be bought online at www.qasralwatan.ae.