Considered to be the “oldest and most significant heritage site” in Abu Dhabi city, it will reopen on December 7 with a week of festivities to celebrate.
Nabeel Mahmood Al Zarouni, Middle East and Africa regional manager, travel trade and market development department at the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, said the site would be “a must-see for any visitor” to during the Christmas period and into the new year.
Qasr Al Hosn is believed to be the first standing structure in Abu Dhabi dating back to around 1795 and was previously home to the ruling family, the seat of government, the consultative council and the national archives. It was closed for renovation in 2008.
The newly renovated premises of the Cultural Foundation will host a visual and performing arts programme, alongside the opening of the first Children’s Library of its kind.
The Cultural Foundation will reopen in phases with December 7 allowing access to the Visual Arts Centre, which will feature exhibition halls and art studios.
The two remaining components – a theatre and the Children’s Library – will open in 2019.
Al Zarouni said DMCs around the United Arab Emirates would be looking to include visits to the site within their programmes when working with overseas tour operators.
He said global visitors to Abu Dhabi from January to September had reached 3.74 million – up 4.3% year-on-year with China, India and the UK its top three source markets.