A centre for global culture
An entire district on Saadiyat is devoted to culture and the arts. Unprecedented in scale and scope, Saadiyat Cultural District will be a centre for global culture, drawing local, regional and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. Its iconic institutions will be housed in buildings constituting a statement of the finest architecture at the beginning of the 21st century.
The key institutions are:
Zayed National Museum - the national museum of the UAE, telling the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the United Arab Emirates, the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world.
Louvre Abu Dhabi - the first universal museum in the Arab world, designed to house the aesthetic expressions of different civilisations and cultures, from the most ancient to the most contemporary.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi - a transnational platform for global contemporary art and culture that will present the most important artistic achievements of our time.
Performing Arts Centre - the home of a multiplicity of genres and traditions of music, dance and theatre.
The Saadiyat Cultural District Exhibition at Emirates Palace is the ideal way to find out more about the cultural institutions currently under development. The permanent exhibition showcases the architectural designs, models and concepts behind the museums. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 10pm and entry is complimentary.