Qasr Al Hosn

hsd was appointed by the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Abu Dhabi as the exhibition designers for the Qasr Al Hosn Fort and the National Council Chamber. Working in close collaboration with the DCT, hsd has contributed to the transformation of the Qasr Al Hosn Fort into a new museum for the 21st century.

The new exhibitions in the Fort have an innovative blend of AV, artefacts and interactives telling the story of the city, its people and their history. By creating a multi-layered experience, visitors have an accurate idea of what it was like living and working in and around the Fort. By mixing traditional with digital media the Fort has been brought back to life and visitors are immersed through sound, imagery and dynamic interactives.

The exhibit design for the National Council Chamber was also part of hsd’s scope of works. Constructed between 1968 and 1970 by Sheikh Zayed, its purpose was for the unification of the Sheikhdoms to be undertaken here. The chamber witnessed many important historical decisions and hosted the Federal and National debates up to the late 1990s.

The chamber itself has been left in its original state with an introductory zone at its entrance.  Once visitors step into the chamber there are projections and soundscapes to simulate meetings that took place there. The old media viewing platform now features a timeline showing historic and significant events, and several interactives along with audio and video to give visitors more information.


  • Exhibition design
  • Interpretation
  • Content coordination
  • Graphic design and artwork
  • Project management


  • Abu Dhabi, UAE

“Qasr Al Hosn retraces the history of the city of Abu Dhabi, our very first building. It stands as a constant in our evolving city. It is a testament to the heart and spirit of our people and the repository of our collective memories, and its reopening is a key moment for both the citizens of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE.”

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi