Saadiyat Cultural District
A live canvas continually transforming for the enrichment of the world
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.
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.
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.
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.