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Al Hosn Festival showcases Emirati heritage and culture

The ten-day festival includes fun-filled, family-friendly events.

It’s time to celebrate Emirati culture. Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi runs from 19 to 28 January. Taking place at the historical Al Hosn site, it showcases an exciting range of family-friendly events. The festival includes zones and activities such as art installations, concerts, creative workshops, film screenings, pop-up restaurants and traditional souqs. 

Al Hosn Festival gives you a rare chance to immerse yourself in traditional Emirati culture. The Insta-opportunities range from dressing up in Emirati clothing to participating in an Emirati wedding. The wedding experience showcases customs such as a bridal shower and a wedding feast. 

The Heritage Zone offers a fascinating journey into the region’s camels and the customs associated with them. This year, visitors get to discover the social practices of welcoming a new baby in the Emirati culture. They can also explore a bustling souk filled with the fashion and adornments cherished by Emirati women.

Al Hosn Festival

Al Freej turns back the clock, as it recreates an old village and souk. The activities include burga making, fishnet making, palm weaving, pottery making and textile dyeing. Other workshops cover dhow making, and thobe as well as jalabeya designing.

In the Craft Zone, try your hand at henna and immerse yourself in the design of an Emirati home through antique sellers, designers, and creative studios from across the UAE. The Community Zone captures the spirit of today’s Abu Dhabi with captivating live performances and boutique retailers.

Al Hosn Festival

After all that culture, you’ll work up an appetite. For the first time, local chefs will join the festival to cook up culinary delights in the Kitchen Zone. Here, guests can experience Emirati hospitality and watch chefs in action, as they cook in traditional pots. Sample local dishes including harees, tanoor, thareed, dry and salted fish with rice.

Qasr Al Hosn is an 18th-century former fort. Today, it is home to a museum and cultural centre, which brings to life Emirati history. The site is also home to Erth, the first Emirati MICHELIN-starred restaurant.

Al Hosn Festival is a living expression of Abu Dhabi’s culture. It invites you to make unexpected discoveries, build connections with the past, and become part of the ever-evolving story of the capital. Tickets are available now via Platinumlist from AED 30. Al Hosn Festival runs daily from 4pm to 11pm.

Go on, step back in time. 

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for more information.

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