The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation was established in the year 1981 with the aim to promote art and learning. It is located next to Qasr Al – Hosn and the foundation is the amalgam of National Archives, the National Library and the Institute of Culture and Art. The building is made in contemporary way and the design is Islamic style having arched columns, elaborate courtyards, and well-kept gardens and exquisitely carved doorways. The venue is a much happening place vibrant with art exhibits, lectures, concerts that present international and local artists, movies, and art workshop classes.
Al Hosn Palace which is the abode of the Center for Documentation and Research is also in this site and is associated with the Foundation. The cultural foundation works determinedly in preserving valuable historical sites and archeological artifacts and architectural heritages. It does not limit with that, but works also to promote the development of arts, music, cinema and literature also.
The visit to this cultural foundation gives you insights into the history of Abu Dubai and cultural heritage. Here there is a model of old Abu Dhabi city, musical instruments and a huge collection of photographs in black and white and well preserved Islamic art.
More then this cultural foundation houses theater, cinema, lecture rooms, meeting rooms, an exhibition center and coffee shop. International film festivals, art exhibitions conducted by local artists and as well as exhibitions on modern art, workshops on art and crafts, and language development programmes are some of the activities of this foundation. People follow and participate in events like AD International Book Fair, Kalima, Qalam, Art Paris, Emirates Film Competition, Emirates Photo Competition, Bait Al Oud and many more.
During the year 2008 the foundation presented two initiatives and they are Sounds of Arabia and Turathana. Sounds of Arabia programme resulted in bringing together musicians scattered all over Arabia. The audiences were spell bound by the modern and traditional blend of music. Turathana aims at revitalizing and encouraging the Emirati art and cottage industry of Emirates.
There is Delma Corner, upstairs, which serves good coffee and snacks in a wonderful ambience. It is non-profit making coffee shop and is a venue of many cultural groups and its activities like cookery class to art appreciation.
Adults and children will love this place and they should make it a point to visit this place. It is also attracting lots of foreign tourists and over the years many have visited this place.
Visitors are allowed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday – Thursday.