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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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A great way to experience Abu Dhabi's cultural district

The space houses a permanent exhibition that shows people some of the plans for Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island. Quite impressive. From time to time it also houses temporary exhibits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It's a mall with many gold stores. If you are looking for a market like in Sex in the City movie 2, that market does not exist in Abu Dhabi. This is the closest you'll get to a Gold souk. All gold starts at 18k. Great price. Have a minimum of $500 CDN if you wish to get anything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The space houses a permanent exhibition that shows people some of the plans for Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island. Quite impressive. From time to time it also houses temporary exhibits and workshops which are very interesting. After the visit, try Fanr, the restaurant. Very nice food and nice ambience. Sit outside if weather permits.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Food great . Atmosphere lovely . Love the airy light ambiance and a varied menu Staff very good . Food generally organic

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Mequon, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It is part development promo and part art show. The development portion focuses on the building of Saadiyat, but only of the Cultural district (nothing on Marina or Beach areas). Great model and history. Really give you an idea of how long range it is. The art show is centered around different interpretations of light. I was much more pleased... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Love the Seen theough lights exhibition. Apart from the temporary exhibitions there is also a more permenant exhibition on the history of Abu Dhabi and models on the plans for Saadiyat Island, which are interesting. Restaurant next door (Fanr) is excellent

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The place seemed like a pitch to buy property there. Nothing really of much appeal there - for me at least!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

While there are occasionally good traveling exhibits and an okay restaurant (Fanr) the museum which shows a brief history of the UAE and then the plan for the future of Saadiyat island is not much to see. Not needed in a short itinerary of AD but a nice to see if you'll be around more than a few days.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We visited the Guggenheim light exhibit on a Friday in January. Maybe 10 people in the whole place (all Westerners). The light exhibits were so-so - I guess you either like or don't like this kind of stuff (we didn't like). There was nothing else in the building. The best part was outside the entrance, where there is a sculpture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

currently hosting a light exhibition from the Guggenheim, this was free to enter and you get a digital headset to walk around and explore. Some very clever light displays. Also a lovely courtyard cafe, where we had a great meze and drinks. The future plans for Saadiyat are also displayed, more of a business place to get investors on board,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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