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In pictures: Celebrations begin at Qasr Al Hosn

March 1, 2013

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces dances inside the grounds of Qasr Al Hosn. Christopher Pike / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces dances inside the grounds of Qasr Al Hosn. Christopher Pike / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
The Qasr Al Hosn Festival runs until March 9th, celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Qasr Al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi's oldest building. Christopher Pike / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
The Qasr Al Hosn Festival runs until March 9th, celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Qasr Al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi's oldest building. Christopher Pike / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
The festival is divided into four sections: a marine area, where visitors can board a replica pearling ship and see pearls extracted from oyster shells; the Abu Dhabi island area where old mariners sing sea shanties; a desert area with traditional souq of???
The festival is divided into four sections: a marine area, where visitors can board a replica pearling ship and see pearls extracted from oyster shells; the Abu Dhabi island area where old mariners sing sea shanties; a desert area with traditional souq of???

“The fort gives me that touch in my heart,” said Fatima Al Fathi, 15, an Emirati raised in Abu Dhabi. “I don’t know how to express it. It’s ineffable.” Christopher Pike / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
“The fort gives me that touch in my heart,” said Fatima Al Fathi, 15, an Emirati raised in Abu Dhabi. “I don’t know how to express it. It’s ineffable.” Christopher Pike / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
Elderly Emiratis from across the country volunteered as storytellers and singers, while others displayed their skills with handicrafts, from boat building to rope making. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
Elderly Emiratis from across the country volunteered as storytellers and singers, while others displayed their skills with handicrafts, from boat building to rope making. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
As the birthplace of the capital, Qasr Al Hosn has played a fundamental role in Abu Dhabi’s past while safeguarding its future, says Faisal Al Sheikh, the festival director and events manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture -Authority. Ryan Carter / Cr???
As the birthplace of the capital, Qasr Al Hosn has played a fundamental role in Abu Dhabi’s past while safeguarding its future, says Faisal Al Sheikh, the festival director and events manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture -Authority. Ryan Carter / Cr???
The opening performance of The Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation by Franco Dragone. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi
The opening performance of The Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation by Franco Dragone. Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi

The story of the citadel is said to have begun around 1760, when the leader of the Bani Yas tribes, Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa, built a watchtower to guard their water source. The tower was later turned into a fort by his son Sheikh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab. When A???
The story of the citadel is said to have begun around 1760, when the leader of the Bani Yas tribes, Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa, built a watchtower to guard their water source. The tower was later turned into a fort by his son Sheikh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab. When A???
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, lead a parade during the Qasr???
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, lead a parade during the Qasr???
This fort, it’s everything, everything,” said Muna Al Suwaidi, 34, a festival volunteer. She coyly admitted the fort was not as large as she imagined in childhood. “I don’t want it to disappear. I want it to be here.” Delores Johnson / The Natio???
This fort, it’s everything, everything,” said Muna Al Suwaidi, 34, a festival volunteer. She coyly admitted the fort was not as large as she imagined in childhood. “I don’t want it to disappear. I want it to be here.” Delores Johnson / The Natio???
Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation will be staged in a 5,600-square-metre tent that rivals the Circus Phoenix in Paris, which is said to be the biggest in the world. Delores Johnson / The National
Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation will be staged in a 5,600-square-metre tent that rivals the Circus Phoenix in Paris, which is said to be the biggest in the world. Delores Johnson / The National
Rulers of the UAE including Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-Pr???
Rulers of the UAE including Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-Pr???