From its majestic dunes to lush mangroves, from islands of blue to islands of green in the desert, Abu Dhabi is a world that, for many, remains undiscovered.
Visit Abu Dhabi
In Abu Dhabi, you will find a destination where respect for the past informs the present and shapes the future. This is a diverse emirate with desertscapes, oases, mountain heights, fabulous beaches, warm, clear waters, singular islands, an ancient heritage city and a modern, cosmopolitan capital. It is a place of historic buildings, thrilling and sometimes record-breaking attractions, engaging tours and a packed calendar of headline events covering the arts, culture, sports, concerts and trade shows.
Abu Dhabi is steeped in history, with evidence of human settlement stretching as far back as 7,000 years. With an emphasis on conservation and heritage preservation, the culture and traditions of the emirate are an integral chapter in its story. In 2016, the stunning oasis city of Al Ain, the first World Heritage site in the UAE, opened to the public. Visit the Eco-Centre to discover the fascinating history of the site or simply wander beneath the gentle shade of some 147,000 date palms.
Saadiyat Cultural District
A beacon for artistic experience, change and education, Saadiyat Cultural District is a portion of Saadiyat Island entirely devoted to culture and the arts. Unprecedented in scale and scope, the district is a live canvas for global culture, that aims to entice local, regional and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. Its major institutions – Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum – will inhabit some of the finest architectural achievements of the early 21st century.
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. Created as a precursor and introduction to Saadiyat Cultural District’s museums and future culture offerings, it not only encourages awareness and understanding of Saadiyat’s growing role within the cultural world, it also informs visitors of Saadiyat’s own history and culture, as well as its special role in realising the Abu Dhabi Plan.
Comprising gallery spaces, a restaurant and gift shop, Manarat Al Saadiyat welcomes visitors to discover at their leisure the collections of renowned international artists, inspiring local exhibits and programmes of future Saadiyat projects.
Zayed National Museum
As the United Arab Emirates’ first national museum, Zayed National Museum will bring to life the rich history of the UAE. The museum’s mission is not only to highlight the life and achievements of the nation’s founding father and first President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, but also the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world.
Housed in a striking building by world-leading architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum will showcase Sheikh Zayed’s story and the lasting influence of his reforms, with permanent gallery displays as well as a dynamic exhibition programme. Zayed National Museum will also stand as a symbol of the UAE’s modernity, and its incredible progression in recent years.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will serve as a transnational museum and preeminent platform for global contemporary art and culture.
In contrast to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s display of artworks from ancient times to the present, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection will celebrate the very finest examples of global art produced since the 1960s. Through a comprehensive collection as well as exhibitions and educational programmes, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will identify unique contributions to this period in history by focusing on the interconnected dynamics of local, regional and international influences.
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