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Weekends at Al Hosn

Take a step back in time and join a fun-filled, nostalgic weekend adventure, re-living memories from the 80’s and 90’s at Qasr Al Hosn.

Weekends at Al Hosn is an event for every individual and family visiting Abu Dhabi.

Go shop at retailers from Abu Dhabi’s old souq, discover Abu Dhabi’s history, experience traditional performances and craft demonstrations, and taste authentic Emirati delicacies.

‘Weekends at Al Hosn’ offers a living museum with screenings of nostalgic films in association with Image Nation, camel riding, live Emirati cooking stations, roaming vendors and more.



  • 24 – 25 January 2020
  • 07 – 08 February 2020
  • 21 – 22 February 2020
  • 06 – 07 March 2020
  • 20 – 21 March 2020
  • 03 – 04 April 2020
  • 24 – 25 April 2020

4:00pm – 10:00pm, Free entry, excludes admission to Qasr Al Hosn


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The History of Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn has been a major significance for Abu Dhabi and its people since it was built.

The name Hosn refers to the Inner Fort, built around 1795 and incorporating the city’s first permanent structure, a coral and sea stone watchtower built to protect the settlement established on the island in the 1760s.

Qasr refers to the Outer Palace built around the Inner Fort by Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the 1940s, housing the ruling family as well as hosting the ruler’s majlis sessions.

During Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan rule there was an economic shift from pearling to oil, and in the ensuing decades Qasr Al Hosn gradually changed in structure and function, transforming from the seat of political power and home of the ruling family to the cultural heart of the city.

Qasr Al Hosn’s Inner Fort and Outer Palace are major reference points of Abu Dhabi’s history, telling the story of the city and its people and modern heritage.

The permanent exhibitions that will be on display there will offer a multi-layered visitor experience, creating awareness of Qasr Al Hosn as the constant witness to Abu Dhabi’s narrative; providing insights into the lives of the men, women and children who lived in the Outer Palace; and exploring the story of the conservation of the Fort’s structures.

The exhibitions will be brought to life by a permanent collection and mediations ranging from archival materials to audio-visuals and interactive experiences.

Public programming in the Qasr Al Hosn Fort will include specialist tours such as archaeology, and architectural tours; re-enactments of aspects of daily life and rituals at the fort; a Majlis programme that will introduce the Fort’s visitors to the history and significance of the Majlis; and activities for children and youth.

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