Why you should be excited about this historic fort

An important fragment of Abu Dhabi’s past will be in the spotlight as a historic landmark reopens to the public following extensive renovations.

Opening on 7th December with a full week of activities, Qasr Al Hosn will host art exhibitions and museum displays to give visitors a journey into its history and culture, as well as the people – including the servants and staff – that once resided within the walls of the fort.

Originally built as a strategic watchtower in the late 18th century, the fort was extended and became the royal seat of power in 1939 to then-ruler Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as well as Sheikh Zayed.

Alongside its renovation, the fort’s relaunch will also see the revival of the Cultural Foundation, which was originally opened in 1981 by the founding father to foster cultural growth in the capital.

The Cultural Foundation will offer public workshops, screenings and programming, as well as an exhibition of Emirati artists.

The Qasr Al Hosn site will also be the location for the upcoming Children’s Library and a theatre, both set to open in March, as well as the House of Artisans, which will showcase heritage arts and crafts.

Commenting on the upcoming relaunch, HE Saif Ghobash, undersecretary at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “From innovative installations, rare and important artefacts, to archival documents and everyday objects, the displays in Qasr al Hosn’s renovated fort truly bring our past to life, documenting how our ancestors lived through the centuries. Equally fascinating is the archaeological and conservation work that has been done to restore the fort to its full glory.”

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