Heritage Sites

Abu Dhabi has a handful of interesting places offering a glimpse into a time when the city was little more than a small fishing, pearling and trading port. Many of the pre-oil heritage sites have been or are currently being restored, with special attention being paid to traditional design and the original building materials. Unfortunately, some others have disappeared to allow for Abu Dhabi's expansion.

Qasr Al Hosn Festival
Every year, around February time, the Qasr Al Hosn Festival takes place. Qasr Al Hosn is one of the oldest buildings in the city that is still being rennovated to its former glory. The festival takes place in the grounds and allows for an excellent close-up experience of the many traditional Emirati crafts and trades. Surrounded on all sides by tall modern buildings, the festival is a cultural oasis in the centre of the city and one that any visitor to the city at that time should make the trip to.


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