Manarat Al Saadiyat

No trip to the bustling city of Abu Dhabi is complete without a visit to its most prestigious and beloved exhibition area, the Manarat Al Saadiyat. Nestled on Saadiyat, this exhibition area is practically a cultural center where you can enjoy a variety of breathtaking and intriguing activities, from shopping and eating to feasting your eyes on exquisite exhibits. Whether you are fond of art or a tourist who wants to learn more about the city’s colorful culture, there is something for you to enjoy in this lovely point of interest.

Address: Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, UAE

This artistic venue is relatively new, and is still a work in progress. Some of its museums are still under construction, and are scheduled to open next year. Yet surprisingly, this cultural center draws flocks of foreign tourists and locals on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, it has been rated by travel aficionados as one the top twenty attractions in the city of Abu Dhabi.

There are a few good reasons why this venue has been a boon and a hot-spot for several tourists and locals in Abu Dhabi. If you are interested in knowing more about this new Abu Dhabi attraction, continue reading this guide:

A home to future premier museums

This lovely artistic cultural center is the future host of several breathtaking museums. In the near future, the venue will open a trio of world-class museums that include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, and Louvre Abu. While these majestic museums have yet to open their doors to the public, a visit to this artistic area gives you a sneak peek of its offerings.

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fat car in Manarat Al Saadiyat
Photo by Teddy Bongiovanni

Interesting galleries and interactive exhibits

There are a number of galleries already available in the Manarat Al Saadiyat. The main galleries of this cultural and art epicenter include the Central Events Gallery, the Universal Gallery, the contemporary art gallery, and the Saadiyat Story. The highlight of this cultural venue, though, is the Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, which is a permanent area for a string of educational programs and exhibits designed by the TDIC. In addition to its galleries, this venue has a spacious theater where you can learn more about the city’s colorful culture.

Delight culinary offerings

Tourists, for the most part, think that the Manarat Al Saadiyat is a mere learning center that offers interactive exhibits and lovely galleries. Little do they know, the place has a restaurant that serves delightful Traditional Arabic, Indian, Mediterranean and European dishes. What’s more, it offers quick nibbles like pastries, cakes and sandwiches.