Qasr Al Hosn Fort, the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, is reopening next month as a museum explaining the history of the emirate.
From December 7, visitors can explore the site and find out how the UAE’s capital has transformed over the years.
The Cultural Foundation, which was founded in 1981 by the late Shaikh Zayed, will also reopen alongside a new House of Artisans.
In March 2019 two more buildings will open, the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library and a 900-seat amphitheatre.
We’re told the permanent exhibition in the Fort will offer a multi-layered visitor experience that will shed light on the lives of the past rulers of Abu Dhabi and the people who lived in the palace.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCTA) says: “This landmark is our greatest historical and cultural symbol, the witness to our remarkable history, in just two and half centuries, from a humble coastal
settlement to the global metropolis we see today.
“Most importantly, it is the cherished cultural heart of Abu Dhabi. Many have longed for its reopening and we hope our people and all residents feel a sense of homecoming as much as we do.”
HE Saif Ghobash, undersecretary of DTCA adds: “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. We look forward to visitors learning the story of Qasr Al Hosn, and by extension, that of Abu Dhabi and its people.”