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“No art exhibition......”

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.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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133 reviews
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“No art exhibition......”
Reviewed 8 September 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 4 September 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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“Nice calming space”
Reviewed 29 August 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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Doha, Qatar
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“lookin Forward for Abu Dhbai”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

The Louvre exhibit was worth the drive to Abu Dhabi. I am not a big art fan but this was a nice break while in Abu Dhabi. It has no food or restaurant in the building but there is a place to eat that is attached apparently. Well done and the future on Saadiyat Island looks bright.

Visited June 2013
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Abu Dhabi, UAE
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“Perfect for a Ramadan visit”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Whether there is a major exhibition on or not, Manarat al Saadiyat is a delightful place to visit at any time of the year. But during Ramadan it is a bit of an oasis for those who aren't fasting as the Fanr Restaurant attached to the gallery is one of very few places in Abu Dhabi open for all day food each year during the Holy Month. And very good food too...

The permanent exhibition about the plans for Sadiyaat Island is well worth a look but it is when the major exhibitions are on show that the place becomes a must-see. Make sure you take the audio tour - it will add hugely to your experience.

Manarat al Saadiyat makes a great days outing in combination with a visit to Masdar. Masdar in the morning - lunch at Fanr and then a tour of the exhibitions in the afternoon. Just be aware that during Ramadan the restaurant is open all day but the Gallery closes between 2pm and about 8pm.

Visited August 2013
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