Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
The Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi is housed in a modern building of Islamic design with arched columns, elaborate courtyards, manicured gardens and intricately carved doorways. It is considered the arts center of Abu Dhabi as it preserves the heritage and encourages cultural activities.The Cultural Foundation is home to the National Library, National Archives, theater, cinema, lecture rooms, meeting rooms, an exhibition center and coffee shop. Numerous cultural events, including concerts featuring international and local artists, classic film festivals, art exhibitions and workshops are presented annually.The original Al Hosn Palace, which houses the Center for Documentation and Research, is also on the site and affiliated with the Foundation.
Al Hosn Palace or the White Fort
Al Hosn Palace, also commonly known as the Old Fort or the White Fort, is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. The palace was built in 1793 as the residence of the ruling family and the seat of government. The interior of the Al Hosn Palace has been renovated and modernized, and is now used by the Cultural Foundation to house the Center for Documentation and Research. The center holds a collection of documents on the heritage and history of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region.The courtyard and the magnificent tile work over the main northern gate are notable features. Within the palace is a museum of traditional artifacts and historical photographs. Displays include a natural history section featuring animal life from the desert, an historical section with displays of the history of Abu Dhabi as well as pottery and other artifacts. The tower contains a display of weapons used throughout history in Abu Dhabi.
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