We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Manarat al Saadiyat

Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 657 5800
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 73.00*
and up
Create Your Own Private 4-Hour Abu Dhabi City Tour
More Info
USD 67.95*
and up
Abu Dhabi Skyscrapers and Iconic Sights Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closes in 3 min
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 20:00
Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway | Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 657 5800
Write a Review
Reviews (363)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 245 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I attended a conference here and was struck by how well designed it was...each space flowing from one to another.

Thank Gita48
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saadiyat Island is dedicated to Arts. The "Louvre Abu Dhabi" by french Architect Jean NOUVEL will soon open now, a couple of major buildings are about to be completed too, among them a museum by Franck Gehry...and Manarat al Saadiyat, designed by Sir Norman Foster,...More

Thank Artkk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is really nice, beautiful, great selection for contemporary art - cafeteria is a plus The museum gives you a catalogue - well done ;-)

Thank Eprop2000
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Setup in a nice location, if you are fond of art, science and culture events then this should be the definite visit place in your list as there is a likelihood of getting events running across the year. Having saadiyat beach nearby is plus for...More

2  Thank swapnil y
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Ive had many tours at Manarat al Saadiyat, It really depends on the tourguide, wether its worth the visit. They are showing the vision and future of the Island Saadiyat (which means happines). It is nice to visit when you are staying for a longer...More

Thank AJM361
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I took advantage of the opportunity to view the Performance Process Presence exhibition at this institute. There were some very interesting multimedia displays and it was a pleasure to walk around and view these. The building is spacious and the displays were in a variety...More

Thank Jewlzcee
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Unfortunately the place does not always have exhibits so you can waste your time when you don't check in advance what are exposed. Overall it is a must- see in abu dhabi

Thank carineraza
Reviewed 21 April 2017

For art lovers, it's a must. Been there in two occasions for leisure and a special event. Good attraction for both art lovers and tourists .

Thank DxB-st
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Love this place although you have to keep your eyes open to find out what exhibitions are on and when as the marketing of them does not yet seem good. Currently there is a selection of art of various kinds destined for the Guggenheim Abu...More

1  Thank 0ciaran
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We came specifically for Anish Kapoor installation, but it turned out that the place has several things ongoing including some artist talks and performances. This is really really rare in UAE. There was a worksop in the hall plus 2 exhibitions, artist talk and performance....More

1  Thank kishacarobnica
Nearby Restaurants
Koi Restaurant & Lounge
482 reviews
.72 km away
435 reviews
.84 km away
55&5th The Grill Abu Dhabi
223 reviews
.80 km away
148 reviews
.77 km away
Nearby Attractions
Saadiyat Public Beach
638 reviews
2.26 km away
Corniche Beach
813 reviews
6.78 km away
St. Joseph's Cathedral
51 reviews
3.31 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
9 October 2015|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from MyNazzal | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure that the metro goes there. You may want to check and see if it goes to St. Regis hotel as that is right nearby and you could just walk to it (if it is not May-Oct). Taxi fair is not bad in Abu Dhabi though so... More