We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Manarat al Saadiyat

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Saadiyat Island Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 2 657 5800
Website
Today
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$180*
and up
Abu Dhabi Comprehensive Tour with Buffet Lunch
More Info
$63*
and up
Create Your Own Abu Dhabi City Tour
More Info
$56*
and up
Abu Dhabi Skyscrapers and Iconic Sights Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 327 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Love it

Just check out the exhibitions before a visit. Sometimes really good and free other times limited. However the cafe/ restaurants a must. In the winter it is perfect for an outside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2016
Uktra
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

327 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 221: English reviews
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i love this place, showing the past present and future of the development of saadiyat island, i can't wait for all the museum to be completed. nice exhibition, i hope there could be more!

Helpful?
Thank Ting_YaC_12
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once a forlorn virgin island trodden only by migrating birds, Saadiyat island is now ravaged by buildings; hundreds of mansions are rising to feed the group of museums to be built on the island, an architectural and cultural panacea! Manarat al Saadiyat is a local attempt to reach and educate the local and expatriate population about modern and contemporary art... More 

Helpful?
Thank Artconsulto
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

A wonderful space showcasing different talents from the local region and around the world at different times of the year. Al Fanr restaurant is worth a visit alone! Well worth a drive out to Saadiyat Island.

Helpful?
Thank JellybeanG
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Just check out the exhibitions before a visit. Sometimes really good and free other times limited. However the cafe/ restaurants a must. In the winter it is perfect for an outside meal. Licensed cafe venue with outside seating which is rare in Abu Dhabi. Decent menu choice. I've never been disappointed. Easy, free parking is always a bonus.

Helpful?
Thank Uktra
Matosinhos, Portugal
Level Contributor
23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This art centre has several galleries, but not all with exhibitions simultaneously. In June 2016 there was a gallery with an excellent photo exhibition, and another gallery with the exhibition of scale models, films and project for the three museums on the island of Saadiyat (the Guggenheim by Frank Gehry, the Zayed National Museum by Lord Norman Foster and the... More 

Helpful?
Thank vitorhome2
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Came as part of the Abu Dhabi Urban development tour. Unfortunately, this is the one place that was average, as its another place being developed.. Not much to see inside, the cinema screen inside explaining about the place was OK, but after that not much.

Helpful?
1 Thank flyingangela
Level Contributor
88 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

It is a temporary place for Al Louvre museum Abu Dhabi ( free entrance), has a lot of photos from different places and era worldwide. It includes also some priceless ruins from different places locally and internationally. There you can see a complete design for Al Saadiyat Island. Highly recommended to visit in Abu Dhabi.

Helpful?
Thank Bassam N
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We came here first time to see a photo exhibition. The building is great and light. There was a fantastic promo video for entire Saadiyat project. We keep an eye for future exhibitions and return back. There is a good restaurant as well.

Helpful?
Thank AnnaPascal
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
206 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Was there for a vocalist show. The auditorium is a small well organized room The whole manarat with its hall rooms and restaurant is a nice place to rest and enjoy your time. With louvre coming in a year this place will get better.

Helpful?
Thank Ahmad_Ardalan
Australia
Level Contributor
173 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This is set up to show you what the island is developing into for the 2030 plan. They are building the first Louvre outside Paris and a Guggenheim. The real estate and infrastructure will be amazing. There is a video and 3D model that is really interesting. There is also an art installation which is nice.

Helpful?
Thank Robyn31

Travelers who viewed Manarat al Saadiyat also viewed

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
 
Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
 

Been to Manarat al Saadiyat? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Manarat al Saadiyat and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
New York

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Manarat al Saadiyat staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?