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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.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

they get amazing roving exhibitions from all over the world and superb workshops are organized at a very reasonable cost.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

I love this place, I go regularly as am currently living on Saadiyat Island, it is bright, light and unpretentious a relaxed venue to see an exhibition. It features permanent displays as well as the visiting exhibitions and I have not seen a bad exhibition there. The cafe is lovely as well if a little pricey but the service is great and the outside space divine. Parking is easy and if a big exhibition is on they add extra parking. During these events it is a great place to people watch.

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

The Manarat al Saadiyat is first and foremost a promotional tool for the budding local Emirati artists as well as an educational platform for visitors to explain the vision for the city's cultural center and future. There are some very good pieces on display and some of the galleries feature interesting art work.
The "Saadiyat Experience" was nice and informative and although I enjoyed the film, I did feel like i was being advertised to. This past weekend there was a free art exhibition which attracted many visitors. It is still a work in progress and with the wet weather, I felt it was poor to have people parking in mud and wet sand while attending an art exhibit. Oh, "Inshalla" I suppose.
I took some friends to this location and they enjoyed the exhibits and felt it was a worthwhile visit. I will take my family when they are in town and hope the parking will be better for us.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We really enjoyed our trip here which ended with coffee and cakes at their fabulous organic café.
They had a local UAE artist exhibition which was really interesting as well as the Saadiyat story. Definitely worth another visit at the end of the November for the latest exhibition

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Reviewed 1 November 2013

The museums are not finished yet and due to open in 2015 and after seeing this I am very eager to visit again when it's open - the main museums are going to be the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
The current exhibition is mainly taking your through the past, present and future of Saadiyat island plus there are great prototypes of how the area will look like when it's all finished and it wont be just the museum that will be a hit but also the architecture - really looking forward to it being open.

Thank Sara M
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