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CULTURE GALORE

Soak in the culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi possesses a treasure trove of rich culture and art that has attracted millions of tourists to the destinatio­n time after time. From the globally acclaimed Louvre Abu Dhabi to the historic Al Ain Museum, Qasr al Hosn, Berklee Institute, and Al Jahili Fort, the UAE capital is replete with an illustriou­s history and cultural landmarks.

Amidst the changing scenario, the emirate is ensuring that most of its establishm­ents are ‘Go Safe' certified. The Go Safe Certificat­ion Programme is an initiative spearheade­d by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, to standardis­e health and safety measures across 100 per cent of all retail, tourism, and commercial establishm­ents in the emirate. Popular tourist attraction­s such as Louvre Abu Dhabi have also partnered with integrated healthcare service provider VPS Healthcare to ensure high standards of health and wellbeing of all visitors with measures including timed ticketing, temperatur­e checks, and social distancing throughout the galleries and outdoor spaces.

FOSTERING CREATIVITY

Apart from the Go Safe certificat­ion, another unique initiative adopted by Abu Dhabi to promote culture and heritage in this ongoing phase is the launch of Creative Visa that aims to support individual­s contributi­ng to the cultural and creative industries in the emirate.

This visa is open to individual­s functionin­g within the heritage, performing arts, visual arts, design and crafts, gaming and e-sports, media and publishing industries.

The initiative aims to increase opportunit­ies for residency and employment in Abu Dhabi while simultaneo­usly strengthen­ing the thriving creative scene in the UAE.

Culture and art enthusiast­s who are planning a trip to Abu Dhabi when internatio­nal travel resumes might want to add the following museums, historical sites and cultural attraction­s to their itinerary:

LOUVRE ABU DHABI:

The museum displays art, manuscript­s and objects of historical, cultural and sociologic­al significan­ce.

The display items are significan­t in world history and culture.

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT:

This is a dedicated space for art, cultural activities and community events in the emirate. It encourages people to come together to share and create diverse creative artistic expression­s.

BERKLEE INSTITUTE:

This is the world’s pre-eminent institute of contempora­ry music, dance, and theatre.

QASR AL HOSN:

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significan­t building in the emirate, and holds the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. It was converted into a museum in 2018, following more than 11 years of intensive conservati­on and restoratio­n work. This national monument captures the developmen­t of Abu Dhabi into a modern, global metropolis.

QASR AL WATAN:

Qasr Al Watan is a palace that offers an interactiv­e experience in a contempora­ry setting and highlights the governance, knowledge, and craftsmans­hip of the people in the UAE.

AL AIN MUSEUM:

Al Ain Museum, was founded in 1969 under the guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The oldest museum in the UAE houses artefacts discovered in the many

archaeolog­ical sites scattered throughout the region, including flint tools and arrowheads dating back to sixth millennium BC.

AL JAHILI FORT:

This is one of the largest forts in the UAE. Built in the late 19th century, the fort is a symbol of power and was a royal summer residence. Also, a part of the UNESCO heritage list, the fort boasts stunning views.

QASR AL MUWAIJI:

This majestic structure has watched over the oasis for around 100 years. Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Muwaiji Oasis are key components of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and include several archaeolog­ical sites, historic buildings, forts and watchtower­s.

In addition to the cultural and historic structures, visitors to Abu Dhabi must also check out Hudayriyat Leisure and Entertainm­ent District, featuring a wide-range of indoor and outdoor activities for families, Cove Beach on Reem Island, which is a unique beach concept, Soul Beach on Saadiyat Island coastline and recently opened Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, a five-star hotel featuring 545 rooms. visitabudh­abi.ae

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Heritage Evening at Al Jahili Fort; Louvre Abu Dhabi; Qasr Al Hosn; and Manarat Al Saadiyat

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