Qasr Al Hosn Festival introduces captivating events to celebrate Emirati culture, history and heritage

ABU DHABI, 28th January, 2016 (WAM) — Visitors to this year’s Qasr Al Hosn Festival will be presented with an inspiring programme through an array of performances and activities, fascinating workshops, and interactive learning experiences that reflect Abu Dhabi’s rich cultural heritage.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Qasr Al Hosn Festival runs from the 3rd to 13th February.

Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, the 2016 Qasr Al Hosn Festival will be divided into five zones, including the new Qasr Al Hosn zone, in addition to the returning Marine, Desert, Abu Dhabi Island and Oasis zones. The Cultural Foundation Building will also host a number of new and exciting workshops and exhibitions reflecting the story of Abu Dhabi through artefacts, documents and the personal testimony of UAE people and residents.

The new additions to the festival schedule serve to celebrate the cultural significance of the fort as a national monument and cultural focus, as well as providing further exposure to the continuing efforts underway to conserve the building for generations to come.

In the new Qasr Al Hosn Zone, visitors can discover more about traditional Emirati architecture and learn about archaeology through workshops and live activities, to better understand the archaeological and architectural experience of the Fort.

The remaining four zones each depict a different aspect of traditional life through interactive participation, and workshops led by professional artisans, workshop specialists and experts.

Marine Zone recognises the seafaring heritage of the UAE and its people. In this area, visitors can meet boat builders, sailors and pearl divers sharing their stories and their skills while enjoying sail making demonstrations and listening to traditional sea shanties.

Desert Zone pays homage to the desert and the Emirati culture, and offers visitors a chance to experience the food, crafts and livestock that helped people to survive in the arid UAE desert environment.