Manarat al-Saadiyat, Arabic for "place of enlightenment," is a unique gallery and visitor center dedicated to the future. As Saadiyat Island undergoes a massive transformation into a modern cultural hub, Manarat al-Saadiyat tells the story of its booming development. Two main spaces here are open to the public: one houses a permanent display on the history and culture of Saadiyat Island; the other, an ever-changing series of exhibitions and educational displays. The center is on the northwest side of Saadiyat Island just off the Sheikh Khalifa Highway.
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Manarat Al Saadiyat
This large gallery space on Saadiyat is situated next to the copper-clad “dune” designed by Norman Foster for the Abu Dhabi pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Manarat itself hosts a permanent exhibit that shows the planned development of the Saadiyat Cultural District; it also hosts regular exhibits and lectures, as well as Abu Dhabi Art, an international art fair held each November. After your visit, relax at Fanr Restaurant, in Manarat’s shady courtyard.