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Abu Dhabi set for Qasr Al Hosn festival.

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has lined up a variety of events for this year's Qasr Al Hosn Festival which includes an interactive experience through guided tours for visitors besides public programmes and an internationally-renowned show.

It is an annual event that celebrates the history of the Qasr Al Hosn fort and centuries of Emirati culture and tradition. The main aim is to strengthen the appreciation of Emirati heritage and identity, and engage people in the on-going restoration of the more than 250-year-old structure.

Organised by TCA Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn festival will run from February 20 to March 1 with an exciting programme. On February 21, Qasr Al Hosn Festival will be open to women and children only.

The festival comprises a theatrical show, and a wide range of historic and cultural exhibitions, workshops demonstrations and activities, said a statement from TCA Abu Dhabi.

"Qasr Al Hosn represents the foundation of the nation's capital and symbolises more than two and a half centuries of Emirati heritage and cultural development. It is an annual opportunity to celebrate this magnificent national monument and iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi's proud history and identity and to engage our community in the development of Qasr Al Hosn restoration programme," remarked Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, TCA chairman.

This year's programme reflects TCA Abu Dhabi's holistic vision of culture, which embraces both tangible and intangible heritage, he stated.

"The festival is a key part of the authority's commitment to the preservation of architectural and archaeological assets as well as to the development of visual and performing arts, literature and poetry to celebrate the Emirati identity," he remarked.

"For the first time in several years, Qasr Al Hosn Festival presents an opportunity to its visitors to explore the historic fort as it undergoes renovation. The interior foyer will be partially open to festival visitors on guided tours and educational activities for children and youth," said the tourism chief.

Qasr al Hosn Festival will be a platform and an annual milestone, allowing the community to be completely associated with and engaged in the progress of Qasr al Hosn's restoration, he observed.

Another unique aspect of this year's festival is that visitors will be able to visit the historic National Consultative Council Chamber located adjacent to the Fort walls, where many important historical decisions were made, added Sheikh Sultan.-TradeArabia News Service

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