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Manarat al Saadiyat

Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 657 5800
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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 and FANR restaurant.
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Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 657 5800
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

We visited in between exhibitions in the main hall, although we did find a lovely exhibition of local photographs which were well worth looking at. The permanent exhibition is of the vision for Saadiyat and shows where all the new museums etc., will be and...More

Thank Aliena57
Reviewed October 30, 2016

What a great concept. What a lovely venue. Why is it so empty? The cultural district is going to be absolutely fabulous once it is populated and gets a 'buzz' going. Typically UAE, it has been built and staffed but delays with the Goog and...More

Thank wazza2222
Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Although between exhibits, the information presented here was very informative. The dioramas of future projects wewe just amazingly well done.

Thank aluckart
Reviewed August 26, 2016

It was an interesting tour of the facility. It will soon become the center for the display of the arts.

Thank Wayne H
Reviewed August 11, 2016

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!

Thank Ting_YaC_12
Reviewed July 27, 2016

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...More

Thank Artconsulto
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.

Thank JellybeanG
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...More

Thank Uktra
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...More

Thank vitorhome2
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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October 9, 2015|
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Response from MyNazzal | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure that the metro goes there. You may want to check and see if it goes to St. Regis hotel as that is right nearby and you could just walk to it (if it is not May-Oct). Taxi fair is not bad in Abu Dhabi though so... More