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Manarat al Saadiyat

Saadiyat Island | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 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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Dubai
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This place is on my agenda whenever I have visitors from out of town or newbies. I love the Saadiyat Story presentation which using visuals, models and the video really give the entire development perspective. Al Fanr, the cafe, is one of my secret favourites. Worth keeping an eye on for the special exhibitions - they are usually free and... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
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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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