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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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Ranked #11 of 42 Attractions in Abu Dhabi
Type: Convention Centers, Cultural
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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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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I'm not sure if it's because the exhibititions were being updated when I visited, but the number of exhibits were too paltry to be worthy of a specific visit. When I visited there was only the main area which less of an exhibition hall or cultural centre and more like a promotional area for new developments coming up at Saadiyat... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Sadly we missed one of the big shows but caught a small exhibition on light and form that was simply mind blowing. Also, do not miss the excellent restaurant

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

There is a story of Saadiyat which acts as a developers blue print of the island so if you're in to that sort of thing you might enjoy it but it's a great space for art exhibitions so if you can visit whilst one is on then all the better. Al Fanr Cafe/restaurant is very good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

When I visited Manarat al saadiyat, there was just one building opened. After everything is completed , I'll visit there again. I'm very expecting.

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Seaham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Pleasant Luncheon Spot. Parking not quite as good as previously due to near bye development. Adequate child friendly menu. Exhibitions vary. Some may have a fee.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Love it! Had a great time- my best friend whom recommended - must see!! Friendly staff and nice cafe and gift shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This place has various different gallaries with loan art from around the world and local art, It has a small tasty restaurant attached that serves an excellent camel burger

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We quite enjoyed the innovative "History of the World in 100 Objects" exhibit at this impressive initial facility in the emerging Saadiyat cultural complex (the Zayed National Museum, Louvre, Guggenheim, & Performing Arts Centers soon to follow). Equally striking as the exhibit content & graceful building is the subtext of aspiration as Abu Dhabi continues to create a world-class city... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

honestly i didnt even know this place existed although i lived on saadiyat island for a year!!! i saw the signs but didnt know it was open.. passed by while having lunch at fanr and it was fun to know the history of the place

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Went to visit the above exhibition form the British museum, great to see, not many visitors so plenty if time to browse and look at the exhibits. Good museum spacious light and nice restaurant to eat in.

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