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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 4 weeks ago

Setup in a nice location, if you are fond of art, science and culture events then this should be the definite visit place in your list as there is a likelihood of getting events running across the year. Having saadiyat beach nearby is plus for...More

Thank swapnil y
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Ive had many tours at Manarat al Saadiyat, It really depends on the tourguide, wether its worth the visit. They are showing the vision and future of the Island Saadiyat (which means happines). It is nice to visit when you are staying for a longer...More

Thank AJM361
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I took advantage of the opportunity to view the Performance Process Presence exhibition at this institute. There were some very interesting multimedia displays and it was a pleasure to walk around and view these. The building is spacious and the displays were in a variety...More

Thank Jewlzcee
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Unfortunately the place does not always have exhibits so you can waste your time when you don't check in advance what are exposed. Overall it is a must- see in abu dhabi

Thank carineraza
Reviewed 21 April 2017

For art lovers, it's a must. Been there in two occasions for leisure and a special event. Good attraction for both art lovers and tourists .

Thank DxB-st
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Love this place although you have to keep your eyes open to find out what exhibitions are on and when as the marketing of them does not yet seem good. Currently there is a selection of art of various kinds destined for the Guggenheim Abu...More

1  Thank 0ciaran
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We came specifically for Anish Kapoor installation, but it turned out that the place has several things ongoing including some artist talks and performances. This is really really rare in UAE. There was a worksop in the hall plus 2 exhibitions, artist talk and performance....More

1  Thank kishacarobnica
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This building is impressive, and has a showcase exhibition for the Guggenheim housed in it at the moment. I was not blown away by the exhibition, but the building can be changed to suit the needs of any event it hosts. The detailing on the...More

1  Thank SWelz
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The whole place of Manarat al Saadiyat is an ambitious work in progress. The exhibition, named THE CREATIVE ACT: PERFORMANCE • PROCESS • PRESENCE although limited, was interesting and included work by Anish Kapoor. On the whole, it was not great but if you have...More

Thank Amar S
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We visited when relatively little was displayed. One of the 3 galleries had objects intended for the planned Guggenheim museum (designed, but yet to be started), the second had three video rooms which displayed Anri Sala's "Ravel Ravel Unravel," first displayed at the French Pavilion...More

Thank Gogocar
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Is there any way to get there by public transportation?
9 October 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