The Presidential Banquet

Discover how our nation hosts the world. Behind these doors lies an immaculately set banqueting hall wherein officials from around the globe are treated to a unique taste of Emirati hospitality.

Visitors to The Presidential Banquet can enjoy an in-depth introduction to the customs, protocols, cuisine and even the unique collections of silver, crystal and china that make this experience a truly remarkable, world-class affair.

Dining and diplomacy

Set under imposing traditional arches, the Qasr Al Watan banquet hall has hosted world leaders on numerous occasions, as well as traditional iftars and meals for leaders from the UAE. The menu for these occasions pay tribute to the Guest of Honor’s cuisine and culture. At the official table, the host is seated with the Guest of Honor to their right, as is protocol. Other invitees sit facing the host, around individual circular tables, ensuring that no one has their back turned to the official table.

Service that dazzles

The Presidential Banquet hall in Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan has few equals. Blue is one of the predominant colors like elsewhere in the palace - the chairs are sumptuously upholstered in this hue. Seating up to 300 dignitaries at any single event, the hall also has a collection of over 100,000 serveware pieces that include bespoke crystal, silverware and bone china.