The grand opening of the lovingly restored Qasr Al Hosn is nearly here with many special events to mark the occasion on 7 December.
This magnificent building represents the living history of Abu Dhabi and all the changes it has experienced over the years, from its initial established as a fort in to housing the royal family, to becoming the seat of the government.
It now will be the cultural and historic hub for the UAE.
The official launch will be a celebration of Abu Dhabi’s rich history and culture, with special events of public programming to mark the occasion.
Following several years of rigorous and ambitious conservation works, Qasr Al Hosn is officially opening as a museum that traces the city’s development from a settlement reliant on fishing and pearling in the 18th Century, to a modern, global metropolis, with the fort now surrounded by Abu Dhabi’s skyscrapers and a dynamic downtown area.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Mubarak Chairman, DCT Abu Dhabi said: “Qasr Al Hosn retraces the history of the city of Abu Dhabi, our very first building. It stands as a constant in our evolving city. It is a testament to the heart and spirit of our people and the repository of our collective memories, and its reopening is a key moment for both the citizens of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE”.
“In addition, we are thrilled to reopen the Cultural Foundation, which has always played an integral role in the cultural scene of Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the region. With the Al Hosn site, we look to foster a sense of community and make a home for Emirati culture. It is a place to both reflect on our past and embrace the present, as we look to shape Abu Dhabi’s future,” he said.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi said: “With the historic Qasr Al Hosn Fort and the Modern Heritage Building of the Cultural Foundation sitting side by side, Al Hosn will be a year-round destination open to the wider community including nationals wishing to know more about their heritage, to art-lovers and intellectuals exchanging ideas and engaging in the active cultural scene.”
“We wish to create once again a true home for creativity and learning, dialogue and debate, a space which celebrates not just our past but our contemporary Emirati culture as well. Al Hosn will stand as a proud representation of the identity of Abu Dhabi with an innovative offering of cultural and inspirational experiences,” he said.