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“Vision of the future”

Manarat al Saadiyat
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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 and FANR restaurant.
Haslemere, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Vision of the future”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

The Manarat al Saadiyat is an exhibition / cultural / arts centre located on Saadiyat Island.

There are art exhibitions here through the year but the main attraction is the Saadiyat Island story, which is multi-media exhibition outlining the plans for Saadiyat in the coming years.

If they build all that is on display then Abu Dhabi will be a great place to visit (until they build all these attractions, i.e. Louvre and Guggenheim museums etc, its a bit of a one-dimensional destination).

But this attraction is worth a visit - it's free and after the Grand Mosque about the only other thing worth seeing in Abu Dhabi until they realise their plans. The Fanr restaurant is a good place for lunch or coffee.

Visited October 2013
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Grand Baie, Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Recently visited the venue having read some press on the facility. Was extremely disappointed that at the time of my visit (early September) none of the art galleries were open. The earliest date the attend could confirm an exhibition being held was for the end of October.

To top it off the only gallery in operation turned out to be a thinly disguised sales and marketing suite for the Saadiyat residential opportunities.

Give this a miss.

Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“No art exhibition......”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

The general info section was open which shows the ambitious plans for Louvre and Guggenheim. There are also 3 exhibition halls. The exhibition in halls 2 and 3 ended in August and the exhibition in hall 1 will start in October. As it was September there was therefore no exhibition to visit.....
Fortunately the cafe was open. This is a very nice place to relax and have lunch. They serve a tasty camel burger.

Visited September 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Always like to visit”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

I frequently visit Manarat Al Saadiyat as it offers a nice piece of culture that was absent in Abu Dhabi for many years. Have visited the permanent Saadiyat Island exhibit a many times and always bring visiting friends of family to see. I wish for a few more exhibitions though

Visited July 2013
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews
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“Nice calming space”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

A nice place to go to escape the busy of the city, my kids always enjoy it and they have some good exhibitions.
The Fanr restaurant in the building serves really nice food at a reasonable price and they often have offers where kids eat free.

Visited July 2013
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