Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest-evolving cities in the world, with futuristic constructions propping up at a breathtaking pace. However, some structures stand unaffected by modernity, and the Qasr Al-Hosn is one of them. Towering between the city’s skyline, it provides a symbolic contrast between the past and the future. Here’s how you can spend your time exploring the Qasr Al-Hosn.
The Cultural Foundation
The Cultural Foundation is central to Abu Dhabi’s fine arts projects. Head over to the foundation to witness incredible pieces of art celebrating both local and regional traditions. Additionally, it hosts a 900-seat theatre that has been refurbished for cultural events. It is also a 15-minute ride away from the Eastern Mangrove National Park, around which there are multiple resorts such as the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel.
Other things to do in Abu Dhabi include visiting the 3-storey-ed Abu Dhabi Childrens Library, a 5000 square metre space whose architectural design is incredible. It is built like a scaled-up pop-up book, with several nooks for children to spend hours in.
Witness Ancient Crafting Techniques
Emirati women practiced Talli, a traditional type of decorative embroidery, which requires immense skill and patience to weave the complex threads beautifully. It is typically done using cotton threads weaved with gold threads to make collars, sleeves or in the hemline of kandooras and thawbs.
Another form of weaving popular in Abu Dhabi is Al-Sadu, practised by Bedouin women, who use sheep or camel wool to make beautiful designs. The details are so precise that, upon further inspection, geometric patterns can be observed, taking inspiration from their surroundings. Al Sadu is typically used to make tents, saddles and more.
House of Artisans
Yet another display of cultural craftsmanship, the House of Artisans is nestled inside Qasr-Al Hosn. It offers a look into Abu Dhabi’s, and by extension, the Emirates’, cultural heritage. Enrol in an educational course, or a workshop to engross yourself in ancient Emirati fine arts, activities that you will not regret taking part in, especially if you’re a fan of artistry.
After drawing the attention of Comite Colbert, the French luxury brand under which Louis Viton and Dior fall, a French Emirati cultural amalgamation event took place in 2019. This move was done to strengthen the relationship between the two nations.