Qasr Al Hosn, the cultural birthplace of Abu Dhabi, is the oldest stone building in the city of Abu Dhabi. Qasr Al Hosn was built in 1760. It was used as the watchtower for defending the only freshwater well on Abu Dhabi island. Although Qasr Al Hosn is widely known as the white fort, it wasn’t white when it was built. It was painted white during its 1976-1983 renovations. The tower was later enlarged into a small fort in 1793 Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan and became the permanent residence of the ruling Sheikh. The tower got its present shape after the major extension in the late 1930s.
Currently, the Qasr al-Hosn houses a museum displaying the history of Abu Dhabi and Arabian Gulf areas through pictures, artifacts, weapons and other cultural stuff. The fort is considered as a gemstone by the archaeological & historical researchers. It is indeed an iconic heritage attraction of cultural and historical significance.
Being the pride of Abu Dhabi, the fort has been standing for more than 2 and a half centuries. It is now undergoing a renovation and is closed for public visit. Widely known as the master plan, this renovation features the renewal & improvement of the historic monument, development of National Consultative Council and the Cultural Foundation, and the surrounding areas. This is a one-year conservation project which started in March 2018.
“With Qasr Al Hosn at the center, the development plans of the wider surrounding cultural quarter will continue to transform the area into a destination that engages and educates citizens, residents, and tourists and provides visitors with an authentic experience of Emirati culture, heritage, pride, and identity”
-Dr. Cody Morris Paris, Associate professor of tourism and deputy director of Middlesex University Dubai
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The contract for refurbishment and conservation of the Cultural Foundation Building at Qasr Al Hosn was Awarded to Zublin constructions by The Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi.
Zublin is one of the largest German construction companies with subsidiaries and branches all over the world
They have been in the industry for more than 100 years. The work report says that the 23,000-sqm building will undergo an extensive makeover and upgrade through this renovation. The scope of the work includes renovation of a library, building exhibition spaces, a 900 seat theatre, learning & workshop facilities, food & beverages etc.
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We are proud to partner with the Qasr al-Hosn development team. Qasr al-Hosn teaches the rich culture of UAE. We consider this project as an opportunity to be part of saving the cultural heritage and history of UAE.
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