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Manarat al Saadiyat

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Address: Saadiyat Island | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 2 657 5800
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Description: 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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This is a great venue to see art with family and friends. The staff were friendly and well informed. The art spaces are bright and airy and the cafe is great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

It's still very limited place, just couple of louvre pieces with single art workshop, we literally spent 15 minutes and our visit was over, we are not allowed to take the picture with the art pieces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

a hidden gem safely and quitely kept in yas island, highly recommended to be visited in the winter with the outdoor seating which is just fabulous

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great venue to see art with family and friends. The staff were friendly and well informed. The art spaces are bright and airy and the cafe is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

it is one of my wife favorite, especially during the hot months of Abu Dhabi. Cannot wait to see Saadyiat Island ready with all the projects they are going trough...

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

So the marketing is great for this museum.....I had great expectations based on what I read.....I arrive and the receptionist says welcome and explains the layout and then states "we have four pieces". I thought I misunderstood. Nope F-O-U-R pieces is all they have. The taxi ride was longer than the visit. The shop is made up of a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The place is still new they currently have gallery 1 for the louvre museum and another gallery talks about al saadiayt

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This place is absolutely beautiful. The art exhibition was nicely done. There is a corner with all information regarding the Manarat and about Saadiyat island development. The restaurant Fanr is a great place to relax for weekend brunch, or for a nice romantic dinner. Been here several times and always want to go back again. Drive around the island to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The restaurant at Manarat is a must! We often eat lunch there with friends, following wonderful workshops for the kids in conjunction to the exhibitions programming. The food and service is excellent, and the garden is just perfect for kids to run around and enjoy themselves.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

They are doing some additions and changes so there was not much to see. We took a cab out there thinking it would take up a lot of our time but it did not. A new museum will be opening soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Manarat Al Sadiyat is definitely a must visit for anyone coming to Abu Dhabi. It showcases free art exhibitions of the future Louvre and Guggenheim as well as the story of Abu Dhabi past, present and future!

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