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Manarat al Saadiyat

Saadiyat Island | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 657 5800
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Ranked #16 of 71 Attractions in Abu Dhabi
Type: Convention Centers
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... more » 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. « less
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I arrived to find only one exhibit, and it was a sculpture in the lobby. ONE. I tried finding others and was informed there are no exhibits until November. That's three months from now. The website should clearly state this so people like myself would not waste our time and cab fare traveling to and from the site, weaving in... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If there was an exhibition with the 'history of the world in 1000 items' those would be the last ten!!! If you do not know anything about history u might like it but most probably you will learn history the wrong way...

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Kottayam, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I went to see an exhibition being hosted during the Ramadan period entitled History of the World in a 100 Objects. It provided to be informative on world history, exactly as described. The audio tour provided further information and we spend about 2 hours examining the various fascinating objects on display such as a tiny gold statue or coins from... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Find the future of abu dhabi with Manarat. Saadiyat will be the next destination of the tourist attraction with masterpieces.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Not much here yet but the exhibition about the cultural district under construction is an incentive to be in Abu Dhabi in a few years when it's all complete. Worth a look but not much else there yet.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Went to see the Top 100 pieces of the world. It was a very nice exhibit. We also saw a local photography exhibit, all for free. The attendants and security are low key, and very helpful. Don't miss this.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a great new museum. It's not huge so you can spend plenty of time enjoying the displays. The Big Bus tour stops here or you can catch a taxi. Entry is free. I love museums & this one did not disappoint.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

A lovely museum/gallery building, free to enter and worth an afternoons visit. When complete the surrounding area will also have the Louvre and Guggenheim. A very pleasant cafe is attached which offers both indoor and outdoor dining and drinks. The 100 Objects that changed the World exhibition was very very interesting, well designed and easy to follow. There is also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I've been here a couple of times; the first was when they were exhibiting a small selection of the pieces that will form part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection, the second time was for the current 'History of the World in 100 Objects' exhibition on loan from the British Museum. The gallery space is relatively small - don't expect... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We saw the exhibition from the British Museum - '100 Objects that changed the World'. Wonderful to see this exhibition as I had heard the programme on radio 4 a couple of years ago. The best bit was that it was free and as there were not many people the exhibits were easy to see. The labelling was clear and... More

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