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A place to practice and appreciate art, and a window into the Saadiyat Cultural District 
Manarat Al Saadiyat contributes to the art scene in Abu Dhabi through exhibitions, workshops, performances and drop-in art studio spaces. The site for the annual Abu Dhabi Art show, Manarat Al Saadiyat includes an outdoor events terrace, a café and brasserie, three galleries for temporary exhibits, a photography studio, an art studio and a 250-seat auditorium.

Meaning ‘place of enlightenment’, Manarat Al Saadiyat opened in 2009 and today hosts an ongoing series of activities for the local community, including workshops for children and adults in topics such as printmaking, self-portraits, figure drawing and robotics.

It also serves as venue for comedy nights, theatre workshops, sky-gazing, yoga classes and film screenings. 

Located in the midst of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, Manarat Al Saadiyat acts as a visitor centre and gateway to the district’s famous museums, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Timeline

2009-2017

2009

The venue hosts its first ever exhibition, Disorientation II.

2009

2010

The permanent exhibition, Saadiyat Story, is opened to the public.

2010

2011

The first time Abu Dhabi Art is held at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

2011

2016

The Saadiyat Experience exhibition is closed.

2016

2017

Manarat Al Saadiyat re-launches with new additions including a new Art Studio, Theatre and Larte restaurant; launch of MA Smash and new weekly and monthly programmes.

2017

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Abu Dhabi Art has been held at Manarat Al Saadiyat since 2011.

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Saadiyat Island

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