Qasr Al Hosn conservation project in the spotlight

Overview of Qasr Al Hosn festival
Overview of Qasr Al Hosn festival

The Emirati culture and heritage has been highlighted at the Qasr Al Hosn Festival 2015.

This year’s festival provides access to the Fort, the National Consultative Council, and to select areas of the Cultural Foundation Building.

Efforts have been concentrated on gathering in-depth historical research and undertaking physical monitoring of the buildings’ fabric, aspects which will lead conserved structures.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that we conserve historic and modern elements of the Qasr Al Hosn Fort without causing any damage to its original fabric, thus addressing need to sensitively conserve a structure of such high historic and cultural significance,” said Arwa Al Nuaimi, projects manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

“To tackle these challenges, we are adopting a knowledge-based approach by relying on scientific research to fully inform our planning and strategy,” she added.

Conservation work on Qasr Al Hosn Fort is taking place simultaneously with those on the Cultural Foundation Building. With the on-going conservation more areas have been opened for public viewing in this year’s Qasr Al Hosn Festival. The Conservation Management Plan for urban block of Qasr Al Hosn will examine relationships between the Fort, National Consultative Council, Cultural Foundation Building, and interstitial spaces between these buildings, as well as the relationship between the Qasr Al Hosn Block and rest of Abu Dhabi City.

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