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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Manarat Al Saadiyat currently displays the Seeing Through Light collection from the Guggenheim. Perfect way to spend an afternoon as the exhibition is a must-see. The artwork is a refreshing take on light beams, light's spectral hues, reflection and shadows. Take the guided tour or e-guide, both free.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

If you would like to see what progress and what plans Abu Dhabi has in stall, this is a must see. It is free and only takes up to an hour to view. I take all my visitors there and they love it. There is a lovely café Al Fanr for lunch or cup of coffee.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Here, you can take in an art exhibition and also get a reasonable meal and drinks in the lovely courtyard and outdoor eatery. They'll even call you a cab back to Abu Dhabi after you've eaten. Also a bookshop with arty books for gifts and souvenirs.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Went there with a car. Some 15 min drive from downtown AD. A lot of construction work along the way and on the site. They're building for the future Guggenheim and Louvre museums in AD. Maybe in a year or two would have better impression.

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istanbul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Manarat Al Saadiyat is situated in a beautiful Middle Eastern Garden with a very attractive falaj system ( watering system). Open from 9am to 8pm every day of the week. There is no entry fee. A permanent exhibition is The Saadiyat Story, showing the development of the island and plans for its future development into a cultural zone. There are... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Will be amazing. If you want to visit it, it's better to do it with a guide explaining everything. For now, the exhibition center offers a view of what may come, but still very impressive. You will enjoy amazing experiences, see the room with lights and mirrors. Even it is about a 20 minute drive from the Abu Dhabi Corniche... More 

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Southport, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Will be sensational. However, still basically in the middle of a construction zone. Difficult to get to without your own transport. Look forward to seeing this area once fully completed.

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Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This venue always has something going on. Whenever I'm bored, I drive down there. I can't seem to see why people don't drive out there on a regular basis. It is about a 20 minute drive from the Abu Dhabi corniche area, but it's well worth it.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This island outpost is the future of Abu Dhabi. With hotels and multiple museums (Guggenheim, Louvre outposts, etc), this may very well be the place to go in the future. For now, the exhibition center offers a tantalizing view of what may come.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Currently only art museum available at the Saadiyat island - a future home of three great museums and exibition halls. Untilll mid of Januray there is a modernart installation exibition of Seeing through the lights - it is worth of visiting. If you go there, bebefit also an exibit of plansto remodel the island into a cultural capital of the... More 

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