Manarat Al Saadiyat meanings the place of enlightenment, is a purpose-built art and culture centre with multiple gallery spaces. It offers visitors, tourists, artists and students the opportunity to discover famous collections from international artists as well as culturally rich exhibits from local artists..
Manarat Al Saadiyat showcases Saadiyat's projects and hosts art exhibitions organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) with collections from around the world. It provides visitors with a taste of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums programme and helps to develop awareness and understanding of the wide range of art and culture that will be on offer.
Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, Manarat Al Saadiyat contains three major galleries for hosting permanent and temporary art and cultural exhibitions whilst the fourth gallery houses Saadiyat Experience, an interactive narrative about Saadiyat's history and culture and its role in realising Abu Dhabi's vision. It also features a central events space, a sales centre and Fanr restaurant. This acclaimed contemporary-dining venue offers a wide variety of regional and international cuisine, with seating for 250 diners inside or al fresco in the courtyard.
The Manarat Al Saadiyat's boutique retail store, Artyfact, offers a unique collection of products and books designed to accompany the Saadiyat Cultural District exhibitions and showcase Abu Dhabi Art.
Manarat Al Saadiyat daily hours of operation: 0900 – 2000
0900 - 1400 and 2030 - 2330 (during Ramadan)
From Expo 2010 Shanghai to Abu Dhabi
You will be overwhelmed by the design of the UAE Pavilion, which was inspired by the desert dunes of the UAE. The pavilion offers a unique events space, with the ability to host everything from art galleries to gala dinners. Since 2011, it has been one of the distinctive venues for the annual Abu Dhabi Art fair.
Originally designed for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the pavilion's strikingly original design was the vision of the globally acclaimed Foster + Partners, one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design practices in the world. Comprising two dune-shaped peaks, its unique design attracted almost 2,000,000 visitors as it presented exhibitions that highlighted the history of the UAE.
Moved piece by piece from Shanghai, the striking dune-shaped structure has now been relocated to its permanent home beside Manarat Al Saadiyat, adding to the Saadiyat Cultural District's many attractions.
UAE pavilion at a glance
- Originally designed for the Shanghai World Expo 2010
- Flexible exhibition and event space
- Designed by Foster + Partners
- 3,200 sq. m with a roof surface of 6,000 sq. m and a height of 23 metres