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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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Couple of years till it became a crowded attraction

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Singapore
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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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Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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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Houston, Texas
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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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A great place with very nice exhibitions, and most of all a lovely quiet and very good restaurant with excellent service!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I visited the Seeing Through Light exhibition twice and loved it. It can be difficult to find but it's nice having some free art here in Abu Dhabi.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The reviews I read on this site and on other reputable guide information made it sound like there was a lot to see here. But most of it is still under construction, and the only exhibit was basically an advertisement for foreigners to buy land. The overpriced camel burger wasn't too bad, and they sell alcohol there, but that was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The example place for the Abudhbai's growth is Saadiyat, the city of happiness, the future city for the upcoming generation, wondeful beach villas and the cultural district.

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Address: Saadiyat Island | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 2 657 5800
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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