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Manarat al Saadiyat

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Address: Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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+971 2 657 5800
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10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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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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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... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 period of time in Abu Dhabi,

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Hamilton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 of different rooms. If you have the time, this place is worth a visit.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 .

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Tangier-Tetouan Region, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 Dhabi, so this may not be to everyone's liking.....best keep an open mind and look... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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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. The staff was very nice and helpful. It was an refreshing experience

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Pretoria, South Africa
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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 building is very beautiful.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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 a couple of hours to spare while in Abu Dhabi, it is worth a visit.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
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 at the Venice Biennale in 2013. The first room's screen showed a woman's face and... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wonderful art gallery which always has great art collections and workshops in line with the collections

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