Al Hosn Festival 2023 celebrates Abu Dhabi's past with contemporary flair


[14-01-2023 12:28 PM]

Ammon News - Al Hosn Festival began on Friday with a wedding, big band parade, ayyalah stick dances and jazz.

The annual event, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi, is taking place until January 22 at Al Hosn District, the outdoor open space beside Qasr Al Hosn.

For an event that celebrates UAE history and culture, there could not be a more apt venue than beside the capital’s oldest stone building and once the ruling family's palace, the seat of government, then National Archives. For the festival, the historic venue — located between glass high-rise buildings and hotels — has undergone another transformation, evoking the atmosphere of a traditional Emirati village through its many palm reed stalls, shimmering with trinkets and lugaimat, emanating scents of oud and spices. There are enactments of traditional Emirati weddings, camel walks and live music.




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