Qasr Al Hosn – A National Monument
About Qasr Al Hosn – A National Monument
Qasr Al Hosn is the Oldest and Most Significant Building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; a coral and sea stone watchtower. Built around the 1790s, the commanding structure overlooked the coastal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island. It has been home to the ruling family, the seat of government, a consultative council, and a national archive, created by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE's founder, as well as a national archive. It now stands as the nation’s living memorial and a narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history through objects, artifacts, and archival material. The Inner Fort (built-in 1795) and the Outer Palace are the two most famous structures of Qasr Al Hosn (1939-45).
Qasr Al Hosn is a national monument that encapsulates the development of Abu Dhabi from a settlement reliant on fishing and pearling in the 18th century to a modern, global metropolis, displaying artifacts and archival materials dating back to as far as 6000BC. It was transformed into a museum in 2018 after over a decade of intensive conservation and restoration work. Today, the magnificent Al Hosn site, which has undergone flawless repairs, is a fantastic spot to spend a few hours while learning about the UAE capital's interesting past.
House of Artisans; a focal point for the celebration, promotion, and preservation of the intangible heritage of the United Arab Emirates. A coordinated effort to protect and bring the traditional Emirati crafts of the past to the heart of contemporary culture, offering training courses, educational workshops, and other public events.
The National Consultative Council; founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan between 1968 and 1970. A vast array of important and historical debates, discussions, and decisions took place in the building, hosting the Federal and National debates up until the late 1990s. On a local and national level, this building witnessed the development of new modern governmental systems, which has its roots in the traditional concepts of ‘Majlis’ and ‘Shura’
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