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Manarat al Saadiyat

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Address: Saadiyat Island | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 2 657 5800
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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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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 2 weeks ago
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Matosinhos, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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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.

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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.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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.

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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.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This is a must see for the first time visitors. The permanent exhibition about the development of the islands is really nice and very informative. But there are also very frequent temporay exhibits, usually really interesting. Now there is a ZU students exhibit which is interesting and innovative. Good job guys!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Nice to 1 visit Good knowledge for past and future, the history how they are before in sadiyat. Many thing stilll to finish.

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