Inside Al Hosn
Abu Dhabi’s newest cultural destination opens this month
Built on one of the oldest and most significant heritage sites in Abu Dhabi, Al Hosn complex is built on the site of Qasr Al Hosn, the city’s first permanent structure. It is divided into two areas. On one side, the building recalls the site’s original purpose, which was to defend the city from the sand plain close to the coast and on the other side sits a modern heritage area built for a series of cultural activities. The complex is designed to help visitors learn about the history of the emirate as well as be immersed in the current artistic and cultural scene. Here’s our guide on what to find inside:
Qasr Al Hosn Fort
The name Hosn refers to the Inner Fort, Abu Dhabi’s first building, erected in 1795. Qasr refers to the Outer Palace built around the Inner Fort by Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the 1940s, to house the ruling family. Inside these restored spaces will be permanent exhibitions of archival materials, audio-visuals and interactive experiences providing an insight into the way people lived and used the space. Public programming includes specialist tours on archaeology and architecture as well as re-enactments of aspects of daily life and activities for children.
The newly renovated Cultural Foundation is home to a visual and performing arts centre, housing exhibition halls and studios, and for the opening programme, presents a landmark exhibition focusing on the building’s history. A new 900-seat theatre and outdoor amphitheatre as well as an extensive children’s library is scheduled to open in 2019.
House of Artisans
A centre dedicated to preserving what is known as the UAE’s intangible heritage. It will be a place to protect and support traditional Emirati crafts such as palm weaving and braiding and embroidery. It also aims to offer a place for those who practice the traditional crafts to pass on their knowledge and skills to future generations.
Qasr Al Hosn Fort NEIGHBOURHOOD