Al-Hosn Festival to kick off celebration of Abu Dhabi’s culture

The festival is an eight-day event. (Supplied)
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Updated 11 December 2019

Al-Hosn Festival to kick off celebration of Abu Dhabi’s culture

  • The first edition of the Al-Hosn Festival will kick off on Thursday
  • The event aims to showcase the emirate’s diverse culture

DUBAI: The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi is set to inaugurate the first edition of the Al-Hosn Festival on Thursday. It will run until Dec. 19. 

Spread throughout Al-Hosn’s multiple components — including Qasr Al-Hosn, House of Artisans, the Cultural Foundation and outdoor areas — the festival is an eight-day celebration of the emirate’s heritage, offering a daily program of art, design, cuisine, performance and more.




The event will offer daily programs of art, design, cuisine, performance and more. (Supplied)

The event aims to showcase the emirate’s diverse culture — from its history and heritage, to the contemporary cross-cultural exchange depicted within the art installations, interactive workshops and performances.

At Qasr Al-Hosn, guests will be able to visit “The Living Museum,” which will have live actors depicting the daily life of previous eras.  

“The Living Heritage Souq” is a where stall-keepers produce and sell traditional goods, including perfumes, spices and clothing. At the “Emirati Culinary Challenge,” chefs will cook traditional and contemporary Emirati dishes. 




The event will have performances by different bands. (Supplied)

Cultural Foundation will kick off the performing arts element of the festival on Thursday evening with a performance by Arab rock band Jadal.


Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

UAE-based rapper Freek released a new music video this week. (Instagram/@freektv)
Updated 29 March 2020

Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

DUBAI: You may be familiar with Freek, one of the biggest Arabic drill artists to come from the region, and this weekend, the rapper unveiled his latest music video for “Mush Fathi” – which means “I’m busy” in Arabic.  

The setting is a roof top, the dress code is luxury streetwear and the message is clear: The artist is indeed busy. 

Between churning out new music, the Somali artist, who was born Mustafa Ismail in the UAE, can be credited for pushing the sub-genre of hip hop, which was popularized by Chicago rapper and Kanye West co-signee Chief Keef, to the forefront in the Arab world. His unique sound, which combines Arabic lyrics with menacing trap-influenced beats, has landed him slots at acclaimed festivals including Sole DXB and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In his ongoing pursuit of pioneering the sub-genre of hip hop in the Middle East, he has garnered a legion of fans that extend beyond the Gulf. A quick scroll through the YouTube comment section of his widely-viewed music videos reveals a following that encapsulates Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and even goes as far as Canada.

And Freek wasn’t the only UAE-based artist to drop a new music video this week. Kuwait-born DJ and model Basil Al-Hadi, who goes by the moniker Karrouhat, also treated his fans to a surprise new musical release. The DJ posted the clip for “Nefsi Aghaneelik” on YouTube on Saturday.