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Qasr Al Hosn Cultural Programme

Qasr Al Hosn will be home to several cultural performances and fascinating event from 1 Nov 2019 to 24 May 2020.

The various events and performances will be related to the Emirati culture and heritage and will include:

– Al Ayyala: A Performance of Valour
– Al Nahmeh: Chants of the Sea
– Al Rebabah: Voices of the desert
– Al Taghrooda: Poetry in Song
– Al Razfa: Dance of Unity
– Marine Traditions
– Falconry Demonstration: The UAE’s National Emblem

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. Built around the 1790’s, the commanding structure overlooked the costal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island.

** All events are open for all ages and free of charge, however an entry free for the landmark is applicable.


1 Nov 2019 through 24 May 2020

Al-Ayyala: A Performance of Valour

10: AM till 1:00 PM every Sunday
4:00 PM till 7:00 PM every Friday


Al Nahmeh- Chants of the sea
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM every Tuesday & Saturday
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM every Thursday & Friday


Al Rebabah- Voices of the desert
4:00 PM- 7:00 PM- every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM- every Thursday


Al Taghrooda- Poetry in Song
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM every Thursday


Al Razfa- Dance of Unity
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM every Wednesday
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM every Saturday


Falconry Demonstrations- UAE’s National Emblem
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM every Monday
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday


Marine Traditions
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM every Tuesday and Saturday
4:00 PM till 7:00 PM every Thursday and Friday


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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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01-11-2019 - 24-05-2020


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