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The Qasr Al Hosn Exhibition is open daily with a public engagement programmes from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

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Sat – Thu: 9am - 7pm
Fri: 12pm – 10pm

Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed
Al Maktoum Street. Al Hosn – Abu Dhabi

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Bait Al Gahwa

Bait Al Gahwa is a cultural experience involving the traditional preparation and presentation of gahwa, Arabic coffee.

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Qasr Al Hosn: A Landmark in Space and Time

This talk will be primarily historical and will focus on Qasr Al Hosn and its evolution over time. Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest standing structure on Abu Dhabi Island and is one of the most historically significant buildings in the emirate. It represents an oasis of tradition and stability in a fast-changing and dynamic 21st century metropolis. Yet the fort’s own role has not been static since the first tower was constructed in the second half of the 18th century on Abu Dhabi Island. The structure then grew into an enclosed defensive fort and became the administrative seat of the emirate. Over the centuries, Qasr Al Hosn evolved into the major cultural centre and symbol of heritage and continuity we know today.

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Screening The Past: History Of The Emirates

In co-operation with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a leading media and entertainment company, a five-part documentary series titled History of the Emirates will be screened at Al Hosn. The series showcases the UAE's history and heritage.

Entry: Free

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Story of the Palace: A Connected Community

This talk will focus on the Abu Dhabi community who lived in and around Qasr Al Hosn. The life of the community flowed in and out of the fort, creating a rhythm of life marked by history. It was a place where the ruling family lived alongside the workers of the palace, such as guards, administrators, cooks, etc.). Qasr Al Hosn was also a place where people could come to seek justice or assistance in times of need.

Entry: Free

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The Heritage of Abu Dhabi, By It's Storyteller

People who witnessed the history and heritage of Abu Dhabi first-hand will share their wealth of knowledge, experience and love of this heritage with the public.

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Weekends at Al Hosn

'Weekends at Al Hosn’ is an event for every individual and family in and visiting Abu Dhabi. During the event, the entire family can visit the Al Hosn site with a wide range of social, cultural and artistic programmes and activities.

Entry: Free

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