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Manarat al Saadiyat

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Address: Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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+971 2 657 5800
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00

Manarat Al Saadiyat is the first art and culture centre of the Saadiyat...

Manarat Al Saadiyat is the first art and culture centre of the Saadiyat Cultural District, the future home of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Meaning "Place of Enlightenment" in Arabic, Manarat Al Saadiyat offers a wide variety of exhibitions, performances, productions, conferences, talks and workshops throughout the day and all year-round. From the Manarat Al Saadiyat plaza visitors can admire the Norman Foster-designed UAE Pavilion, home to Abu Dhabi Art, which takes place every November. At Manarat Al Saadiyat visitors can also enjoy a gift shop, library and FANR restaurant.

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"Very good exhibition center"

This place located on Saadiyat island.Very nice and well planed exhibition center.While our visit to Abu Dhabi there were a big exhibition and there were many artists... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overall it is interesting but I wouldn't say it is a must stop when there is so much more to see and do in Abu Dhabi. There is some history available but mostly it's about the future development. Once completed Saadiyat will be an amazing place for people interested in art, culture and museums.

Thank Arlin F
Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This place located on Saadiyat island.Very nice and well planed exhibition center.While our visit to Abu Dhabi there were a big exhibition and there were many artists participating this occasion and their art work all around the world.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

From its ultra modern ambience to its sporadically placed art exhibits, this museum is destined to be a showplace. Right now it is used for demo purposes with an occasional art exhibit or work of art. The video presentation on the semi-circular screen is worthy of Disneyworld. It definitely makes you want to return.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We visited in between exhibitions in the main hall, although we did find a lovely exhibition of local photographs which were well worth looking at. The permanent exhibition is of the vision for Saadiyat and shows where all the new museums etc., will be and what Saadyit will look like in the future.

Thank Aliena57
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

What a great concept. What a lovely venue. Why is it so empty? The cultural district is going to be absolutely fabulous once it is populated and gets a 'buzz' going. Typically UAE, it has been built and staffed but delays with the Goog and the Loov mean that there isn't a lot happening just yet... Don't let it stop... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Although between exhibits, the information presented here was very informative. The dioramas of future projects wewe just amazingly well done.

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

It was an interesting tour of the facility. It will soon become the center for the display of the arts.

Thank Wayne H
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

i love this place, showing the past present and future of the development of saadiyat island, i can't wait for all the museum to be completed. nice exhibition, i hope there could be more!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Once a forlorn virgin island trodden only by migrating birds, Saadiyat island is now ravaged by buildings; hundreds of mansions are rising to feed the group of museums to be built on the island, an architectural and cultural panacea! Manarat al Saadiyat is a local attempt to reach and educate the local and expatriate population about modern and contemporary art... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

A wonderful space showcasing different talents from the local region and around the world at different times of the year. Al Fanr restaurant is worth a visit alone! Well worth a drive out to Saadiyat Island.

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