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Manarat al Saadiyat

Address: Saadiyat Island | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 2 657 5800
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Owner description: Manarat Al Saadiyat is the first art and culture centre of the...
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Type: Convention centers, Traveler Resources
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Owner description: 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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Abu Dhabi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

An incredible and artfully done insight into the future of Abu Dhabi, A must visit for both visitors and residents. Apart from the established presentations on Saadiyat Island and the lovely film there are new exhibits all the time. The whole visit is most pleasant and free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

If you're an art buff this is the place to go! I love the exhibits here especially Seeing through the light. Celestial light exhibit is the best!! Best of all it is free!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Manarat al Saadiyat is a beautiful building, set in lovely grounds with an excellent cafe. The exhibition spaces are well laid out, and collections are well curated. There seems to be no permanent collection, besides the exhibition about the development of Saadiyat (which is quite interesting), but keep en eye out for the special exhibitions.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We like to stop off for a coffee & cake or occasionally some food and a glass of wine. It's a nice place to sit outside at certain times of the year although there are a few flies around. The Saadiyat exhibition is worth viewing. The gallery exhibitions are usually good & worthing seeing if you have the time.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Great Guggenheim exhibition is something to cherish on... The light exhibition is superbly presented.. Specially, the dark room with numerous small bulbs is awesome... The saadiyat island video is an excellent way to demonstrate what the island has to offer. The gallery 2 was closed .. There is a nice restaurant next to the exhibition hall... Take out a... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We visited the Guggenheim exhibit about light. It was a great, well-versed exhibit. There was also an exhibit about the goals of development of the area. I hope I will have an opportunity to return when the Louvre is open- that will add a LOT to the experience and would have made this a 5-star rating for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The Manarar al Saadiyat is one of the stops on the tour of the Hop On Hop Off bus "Big Bus". We knew that there is a visitor center exhibiting models of how Saadiyat island will look like by 2017 and thought it wouldn't be all that interesting. What a mistake! We found the exhibition of the Saadiyat vision most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A sneak peak at what will be in the new Guggenheim Museum currently being built in Abu Dhabi. Fantastic artwork and installations that will have you thinking out loud and discussing for days. Really something special. Great restaurant here too and an outside space to run around for the kids.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A very nice morning or afternoon, always interesting exhibitions to visit, and a great cafe to round off the visit with......

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you are an art lover you must go there and attend all there free exhibitions, so much to do and it costs nothing. so organized and you feel relaxed in total .

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