Saadiyat Island’s art, cultural activity and community events centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat brings Saadiyat's vision to life, encouraging visitors to come together and share, experiment, create their own art, discover exhibitions, exchange ideas, enjoy sumptuous food, or listen to talks.
Meaning 'a place of enlightenment' in Arabic, Manarat Al Saadiyat is home to the annual Abu Dhabi Art fair, as well as an outdoor events terrace, café and brasserie, three galleries for temporary exhibits, a photography studio, an art studio, 250-seat auditorium and gift shop.
Opened in 2009 as the first art and culture centre in the Saadiyat Cultural District, today it hosts an ongoing series of activities for the local and visiting community, including workshops for children and adults covering topics such as printmaking, self-portraits, figure drawing and robotics.
It also serves as a venue for comedy nights, theatre workshops, sky-gazing, yoga classes, conferences, exhibitions, productions, talks and film screenings throughout the year. Being located at the hub of the Saadiyat Cultural District, it also acts as a visitor centre and gateway to the district’s famous museums.
Next door, a striking dune-shaped structure, designed by London’s acclaimed Foster + Partners, is home to the prestigious Berklee Abu Dhabi school, the first Middle Eastern outpost of Berklee College of Music, the pre-eminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts.
Berklee Abu Dhabi offers world-class educational experiences through workshops, masterclasses, courses, ensembles, and labs, all led by world-renowned artists and instructors. The renovated 42,000-square-foot arts education centre has a performance space, a recording studio, rehearsal studios, practise rooms, ensemble rooms and a multimedia tech lab, hosting live performances by students, alumni, and global artists. Moved piece by piece from Shanghai, China, this structure served as the UAE Pavilion at the World Expo 2010, welcoming almost two million visitors.
Literally translating as a 'place of enlightenment', Manarat Al Saadiyat opened in 2009 as an art hub for adults and children alike. Today, the centre has positioned itself as the ideal venue for events with a creative touch in the UAE capital. Located within Saadiyat Cultural District, the venue hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, performances, productions, conferences and talks all year round. The site also features a 250-seat auditorium, an outdoor events terrace, three galleries for temporary exhibits, a photography studio and an art studio. It is also the home of the annual Abu Dhabi Art fair which takes place every November.
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