House Of Knowledge

Uncover the monumental influence of Arabian scholarship on human civilization and progress. In this enlightening exhibition, visitors will encounter a vast selection of valuable artifacts and manuscripts that shed light on the Arab region’s most notable contributions to astronomy, science, art, literature and much more. Amidst House Of Knowledge’s curated pathways, visitors will also gain an understanding of the origins of Arabian libraries.

Explore rare treasures

Situated next to the palace library in the eastern wing, the House Of Knowledge is a repository of the region’s rich heritage. It is home to a replica of the Birmingham Quran manuscript, which dates back to the late sixth or early seventh century CE. In keeping with the spirit of tolerance that the UAE has long espoused, the House Of Knowledge also displays The Bible and the Psalms of David.

Other treasures include the first modern and accurate map of the Arabian Peninsula, which is believed to have been completed in 1561 by Venetian cartographer Giacomo Gastaldi; the centuries-old Atlas astronomy manuscript; a rare text on law called Explanation of Lamiat Al-Zukak and Pliny’s Natural History encyclopedia.

Experience The Power of Words

Right next to the House Of Knowledge and by the Great Hall, is a stunning sculpture by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. The work of art is a calligraphic interpretation of a quote by the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, that states, “Wealth is not money and oil. Wealth lies in people, and it is worthless if not dedicated to serve the people”.

Visit the House Of Knowledge at Qasr Al Watan to soak in centuries of Arab history and reconnect with the Nation’s roots.