Opportunity to witness restoration work on symbolic birthplace of UAE

The rare chance to take a look at the restoration of one of the UAE’s most important and historic buildings is one of the attractions of an event which is being held this month.

The Qasr Al Hosn Festival organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, celebrates the traditions and culture of the emirate.

HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “Qasr Al Hosn is truly the heart of Abu Dhabi’s cultural scene and one of the structures that represents rich Emirati history.

“The aim behind the Festival is to engage with the community and give the public rare access to the fort during its restoration and to collectively appreciate centuries of Emirati culture which has shaped the UAE of today.”

“Through Qasr Al Hosn festival, we appreciate the efforts of our ancestors by passing down centuries of information to those visiting from across the UAE and abroad.

“The fort has been the source of inspiration for so many, and through the festival, we hope to strengthen appreciation of Emirati culture and identity, and harvest pride and honour for all those who take part.”

Qasr Al Hosn fort is the symbolic birthplace of the capital of the UAE and had for generations housed its ruling family, Al Nahyan, as the city developed over the years.

Today, the fort represents centuries of Emirati history and culture, and the festival is held annually to celebrate the UAE and its identity, and to honour the UAE’s founders.

It will highlight the fort’s conservation process and its former functions, and will give visitors’ access to the inner Fort, as well as the National Consultative Council Chamber.

The public will have access to areas of the fort that have never before been open, such as the living quarters.

Tools and display will be used across the building to facilitate the visit and to explain the conservation techniques. In addition to the organised tour, a Qasr Al Hosn exhibition will be launched during the festival and will narrate the significance of the fort and its historical context.

The event runs until February 21.