In Abu Dhabi 1969, Frauke Heard-Bey, a young German historian, stepped across the threshold of Qasr Al Hosn for the first time. She would go on to work there for the next 29 years, running Abu Dhabi's Centre for Documentation and Research.

This video was originally produced and published on February 27 2013 on The National's website.

More on the fort:
Excerpt from The National's article 'Qasr Al Hosn festival of the fort where Abu Dhabi began' dated February 20, 2014 (

"Qasr Al Hosn, which translates as “the fort palace”, is the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi and was the place of residency for many generations of rulers. It started as just a watchtower but was transformed first by Sheikh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab, who ruled from 1795 to 1816, and later by succeeding generations of rulers until Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s founding father. He turned it into a museum and a repository for books about the Emirates and the Gulf states. "

Production notes:
Next time I suggest using a steadicam rig for an important shoot, I should probably spend a week working and getting comfortable with the rig before shooting with it! I only had a few hours to figure out how to mount the camera and use it. I have to admit, the only time I was steady was when I was not moving and even that was tricky. I covered up the shaky footage while editing but it's a lesson I learned the hard way.

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