When: February 20 to March 1, 2014; February 21 will be for women and children only.
Hours: 4:00pm to 11:00pm daily
Admission: Dh10 per adult; free for children 12 years old and under
Official website: qasralhosnfestival.ae
• For the first time the Qasr Al Hosn fort will be open to visitors to explore as it undergoes renovations. The interior foyer will be partially open for guided tours and educational activities.
Visitors will be able to visit the historic National Consultative Council Chamber located adjacent to the fort walls.
• An exhibition highlighting the history of the fort from oral narratives will also be held.
• The Cultural Foundation will host live performances, poetry recitals, and a series of films produced by emerging UAE artists. It will also include a space where guests can learn about the Emirati coffee tradition and history of gahwa (coffee in Arabic). Various types of traditional gahwa will be available for purchase at the venue.
• The festival will have four areas – Desert, Oasis, Marine and Abu Dhabi Island – where interactive public programmes will be held. There will be heritage workshops, traditional performances, and guided tours and exhibitions. Most workshops are scheduled several times a day, but have a limited number of seats and need to be reserved at information booths at the festival entrance, workshop houses across the Desert, Oasis, Abu Dhabi Island and Marina Zones, and at reception deep in the Cultural Foundation building. A team of Emirati ambassadors from various UAE educational institutions will be on site to guide visitors and provide information about the programme.
• The School Engagement Programme aims to bring more than 2,000 pupils from schools across the capital to the festival. Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in special educational sessions focusing on Emirati culture and traditions.
• Cavalia, the Canadian-based production with horses, which is the centrepiece of the festival begins on February 22. The exclusive run in Abu Dhabi will be presented under the show’s signature white big top at the fort. Tickets start from Dh250 for adults and Dh150 for children. For bookings, visit ticketmaster.ae, Virgin Megastores or call 800 TM UAE (80086823)
A post-show Horse Lovers Stable Tour can be added to any ticket purchase for an extra Dh100.
The hundreds of residents who came out for the last night of the heritage festival deemed the event a success.
Things to do in the final week of Qasr Al Hosn.
Using simple materials and skills handed down through generations, a team of craftsmen from Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority show visitors to the Qasr Al Hosn Festival that building the traditional way has a great future.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was shown around Qasr Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
No houses nearby, 20 rupees a month pay and his job interview was target shooting – Abu Dhabi’s old fort was certainly different when Hathboor Mohammed Kaddas Al Romaithi began as a guard in 1950. He tells his tales of a simpler life.
Cavalia, the theatrical equestrian production, made its high-octane debut at the Qasr Al Hosn Festival on Saturday to a packed audience.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, leads thousands into Qasr Al Hosn to begin festivities.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, led an impressive, exuberant parade into the walls of Qasr Al Hosn to officially launch the festival.
How Qasr Al Hosn became one of the most important symbols of the capital's history.
Abu Dhabi attracted writers, explorers and businessmen from its earliest days, who recorded their impressions of the desert and its inhabitants in books and journals.
How the people brought their problems to the Sheikhs at Qasr Al Hosn.
Sheikha Osha grew up in Qasr al Hosn when it was a royal palace and residence. So when the opportunity arose to revisit her childhood home she was delighted to take it.
In 1969, a young German historian and researcher visited Qasr Al Hosn to browse through its collection of books - and ended up working there for 29 years.
Qasr Al Hosn offers a unique insight into the social and economic growth and development of the emirate.
Reem El Mutwalli is one of the few people to have had the keys to Qasr Al Hosn.
Sheikha Mahra and Sheikha Sabha recall their time spent in Al Hosn.
A song from the rebuilding of the fort.
Remembering the formalities at the court of Sheikh Shakhbut.