In­side Al Hosn

Abu Dhabi’s new­est cul­tural des­ti­na­tion opens this month

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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.

Cul­tural Foun­da­tion

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

Arial view

Chil­dren’s Li­brary

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