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Ramadan at the museum

This Ramadan, discover regional artistic practices under the dome with Al Manama creations, fascinating talks as well as a live oud and calligraphy performance.

Wondering what is Al Manama?

Al Manama is the Arabic word meaning “a place to rest and sleep”. The Al Manama is considered a summer Pavilion built during the hottest period across the Arabian Gulf. Much like the Japanese Tea House or the Mongolian Yurt, the Al Manama is a historic architecture that is native using sustainable forms of construction to keep the temperature cool. It is elevated from the ground allowing a breeze to continue to flow from the bottom and top, usually assembled with a Mathalah, a shaded canopy that is then covered using abandoned sails from dhow boats to further veil from the heat.

Ahmed and Rashid Bin Shabib, two renowned Emirati architects and urbanists, have brought back to life the Manamas by reinterpreting this traditional structure. Although Al Manama’s are no longer used, the Bin Shabib Brothers used this exposition to revive its important historical architecture. This Ramadan, there will be three Manamas under the dome including a Majlis, a library and a film screening space.

Al Manama at the Museum

Dates: 4 - 23.04.23
Time: Museum opening hours
Free with a museum admission ticket

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If you want to know more about Al Manama, join Ahmed and Rashid Bin Shabib Talks. They will share the fascinating history and rich heritage of Architecture in the UAE and describe their Al Manama creations.


Learning from Al Manama Design with Ahmed Bin Shabib

Learning from Al Manama Ecology with Ahmed Bin Shabib

Time: 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Price: Free (first come, first served)
Location: Auditorium Plaza
Language: English

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Performance: The Rhythm of Calligraphy and Oud

In addition, join us to experience a unique live performance, where Naseer Shamma meets Nja Mahdaoui, for a musical and art improvisation, organized by Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre.

Date: 07.04.23
Reception: 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Performance: 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Price: Free (reservation required)
Location: Auditorium Plaza

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Biographies of the artists

A Reflection on Cultural Heritage

15.02 – 15.05.23
6.30pm – midnight

Experience Emirati heritage like you’ve never seen before.


24.02 – 30.04.23
4pm – 2am
Museum Park

Enjoy your burger with a side of art as you explore the camp featuring 3D reinterpretations of iconic artworks.

Ramadan Iftar & Suhoor

22.03 – 21.04.23

Aptitude Café


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