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Visit Abu Dhabi

From its majestic dunes to lush mangroves, from islands in the sea to oases of green in the desert, Abu Dhabi is a world that invites discovery.

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is steeped in history, with evidence of human settlement stretching as far back as 5,000 years. Preserving the culture and traditions of this region and enriching them are an integral part of current and future developments. In 2016, several archaeological sites and oases in the city of Al Ain became the first World Heritage sites in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi uniquely combines ancient heritage and modern, cosmopolitan living. It is a place of historic buildings, iconic towers, thrilling and sometimes record-breaking attractions, engaging tours and a packed calendar of events covering the arts, culture, sports, concerts and trade shows.

Saadiyat Cultural District

Saadiyat Cultural District

Saadiyat Cultural District is a centre for culture, the arts and education. The district is a forum for global culture that aims to welcome local and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. Its major institutions include Louvre Abu Dhabi and the upcoming Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Translated as ‘the place of enlightenment’, Manarat Al Saadiyat is an arts and culture centre located on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. Featuring gallery spaces, a restaurant and gift shop, Manarat Al Saadiyat welcomes visitors to discover the collections of renowned international artists, inspiring local exhibits and the programmes of future Saadiyat projects. It is also home to the annual art fair, Abu Dhabi Art.

View of Zayed National Museum © Foster Partners

Zayed National Museum

As the United Arab Emirates’ first national museum, Zayed National Museum will highlight the life and achievements of the nation’s founding father and first President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It will also bring to life the rich history of the UAE, it's place in the region and its cultural connections across the world.

Housed in a striking building designed by leading architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum will showcase Sheikh Zayed’s story and his lasting influence, with permanent gallery displays and a dynamic exhibition programme. Zayed National Museum will also stand as a symbol of the UAE’s modernity and incredible progress in recent years.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will celebrate global art produced since the 1960s. Its comprehensive collection as well as exhibitions and educational programmes will become a leading regional platform for global contemporary art and culture.

Gehry Partners LLP

Qasr Al Hosn

The oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi 

A museum telling the story of Abu Dhabi and its people, Qasr Al Hosn includes Abu Dhabi’s first permanent structure, a coral and sea stone watchtower, built to protect the settlement of Abu Dhabi established on the island in the 1760s. Over the centuries, it has been home to the ruling family, the seat of government, a consultative council and a national archive; it now stands as the nation’s living memorial and the narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history through objects, artifacts, and archival material.
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