We’d like to thank all participants, artists and viewers for making CultureSummit 2018 Abu Dhabi a successful and inspiring week granting artists, policymakers and innovators a seat at the same table.

 

What is CultureSummit?

CultureSummit is the world’s first high-level summit that convenes leaders from the worlds of the arts, media, public policy, and technology to identify ways that culture can raise awareness, build bridges and promote positive change. The 2018 annual edition attended by 450 delegates from 90 countries, including Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, the Yo Yo Ma-founded Silkroad, Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor Karim Wasfi, GRAMMY-winning violinist Gidon Kremer, artist Grimanesa Amorós, Photographer Jimmy Nelson, curators Nancy Spector and Touria El Glaoui.


CultureSummit 2018 hosted representatives from the following esteemed organisations:

  • European Union Youth Orchestra
  • Silkroad
  • Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
  • China National Symphony Orchestra
  • Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra
  • Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
  • Facebook
  • Hedayah Center
  • Turquoise Mountain Institute
  • Art Jameel Foundation
  • The Economist
  • Sundance Institute
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Amman Opera Festival
  • UNICEF
  • British Council
  • Timbuktu Festival au Désert
  • Harvard University
  • ARTnews
  • Casablanca International Biennial

CULTURESUMMIT ABU DHABI PROGRAMME


This year’s programme, titled Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far, Creativity and Purpose, will focus on partnerships that are unique, different, and which blend tradition and innovation. Workshops, presentations, and performances throughout the event will engage participants in expanding on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world. A special portion of the programme will take place at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, with events and tours scheduled exclusively for participants of CultureSummit 2018.

The below tentative agenda is subject to change, with titles of proposed sessions.

Reception and Welcome Dinner

12:00 – 17:00

Registration

Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Lobbies

17:30 – 19:00

Welcome Reception

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

19:00 – 22:00

Opening Dinner

The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi

Welcoming Remarks

Dinner

Dessert and Special Welcoming Performance

After Dinner

Day 1 Theme: Unexpected Collaborations

9:00 – 13:00

Morning Plenaries

Manarat al Saadiyat

9:00 – 9:10

Welcoming Remarks

9:10 – 9:50

Unexpected Collaborations: Globalizing Creativity

9:50 – 10:30

Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief, ARTnews

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Nathalie Bondil, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director, UCLA Center for the Art of Performance


The Creativity Premium: Policies that Promote Creativity and Knowledge

10:30 – 10:50

Gantuya Badamgarav, Founder and Director of the Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association

Michael Ellis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital, Cultural, Media & Sport, United Kingdom

Nora Halpern, Vice President for Leadership Alliances, Americans for the Arts

Dr. Webber Ndoro, Director General of ICCROM, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property


Featured Performance

10:50 – 11:05

Unexpected Collaboration #1: Norway & the USA

Eldbjørg Hemsing, Violin and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Piano


Break for Conversation

11:05 – 11:45

Emerging Trends in the Arts Worldwide: What’s Next

11:45 – 12:05

Rebecca Proctor, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar Art

Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Nancy Spector, Artistic Director & Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Karim Sultan, Director and Curator, Barjeel Art Foundation


Featured Performance

12:05 – 12:45

From the Other End of the Silk Road, Chinese Traditional Music

Sun Yue-bo, Erhu and Sun Yi, Pi-pa


Case Studies in Unexpected Collaborations

12:45 – 12:50

Melissa Gronlund, Arts Correspondent, The National

Hope Azeda, Founder, Mashirika Performing Arts

Drew Bennett, Founder and Director of Artist-in-Residence Program, Facebook

Eduardo Braniff, Executive Director, Silkroad


Wrap-up Remarks

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Conversation and Performance

Manarat al Saadiyat
The Art of Preserving Endangered Cultures

“The Art of Preserving Endangered Cultures”

Special Guest: Jimmy Nelson, Internationally-acclaimed Photographer and CultureSummit Artist-in-Residence

Moderated by Carla Dirlikov Canales, CEO & Founder, TCP Ventures/Classical Singer

Special performance by artists from one of our Cultural Diplomat Award winners, Silkroad

Wu Tong (Sheng, Bawu) and Mark Suter (Frame Drums, Shakers)

14:00 – 16:00

Afternoon Workshops and Incubator Meetings

Manarat al Saadiyat

Workshop discussions will be oriented toward exploring how policy, technology/new media, artists, arts institutions and philanthropy communities can create new and effective
collaborations to address issues worldwide. Topics include:
● Arts Education in Marginalized and At-Risk Communities
● Arts Education and Cultural Preservation
● Using the Arts to Combat Extremism
● Cultural Entrepreneurship: Training Artists to Make a Difference

On day one, workshops will focus on identifying the major questions that participants feel we need to be asking about the future of global arts and culture with a specific focus on how culture can be used to produce positive social change. On day two, the workshops will focus on identifying the best answers the group can identify to those questions, followed by the most effective and impactful actions they feel should be taken.

Independently, the 40-50 artists of the Artists Incubator program will meet to identify new creative collaborations. The CultureSummit Artist Incubator program brings together established artists from various disciplines from around the world in the UAE to experiment, share ideas, and together explore creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social and cultural issues.

18:00 – 21:00

Dinner Celebration of the CultureSummit 2018 Artists-in-Residence

Manarat al Saadiyat

A celebration of CultureSummit 2018’s Artists-in-Residence with an awards ceremony and special performances.

Day 2 Theme: Art, Tech, New Media and Culture Redefined

9:00 – 13:00

Morning Plenaries

Manarat al Saadiyat

9:00 – 9:10

Welcoming Remarks

9:10 – 9:50

The Big Disruptions: Visionaries Make Their Predictions

9:50 – 10:30

Ricardo Piquet, Director, Museu do Amanhã

Tom Standage, Deputy Editor, The Economist

Matsushita Isao, Vice President, Tokyo University of the Arts

Melissa Locker, FastCompany


The Transformative Power of Culture
Curated by the Prince Claus Fund

10:45 – 11:05

Joumana El Zein Khoury, Director of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development

Carla Fernández, Fashion Designer

Odile Gakire Katese, Director of the Woman Cultural Centre (WCC)

David Rothkopf, CEO, The Rothkopf Group


Featured Performance

10:45 – 11:05

Aakash Odedra, Choreographer and Dancer


Break for Conversation

11:05 – 11:45

Arts and Culture on Demand: The Changing Models
Curated by Nuqat

11:45 – 12:05

Zeina Barhoum, Founder of Amman Opera Festival, Soprano and Jewelry Designer

Ali Nusef, Co-Founder & CEO, Manshoor

Moderated by Abdallah Al Shami, Managing Partner & Editor-at-Large, MAD Solutions


Featured Performance
Afra Atiq, Poet and CultureSummit Artist-in-Residence

12:05 – 12:45

The Evolving Culture of Culture: The Changing Role of Women

12:45 – 12:50

Hannah Godefa, UNICEF Ambassador to Ethiopia

Keri Putnam, Executive Director, The Sundance Institute

Elke Ritt, Head of Arts, British Council Germany

Yan Geling, Writer

Nell Scovell, Screenwriter, Author, Co-author “Lean-In”


Wrap-up Remarks

13:00 – 14:00

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Lunch Conversation and Performance

Manarat al Saadiyat

Tech & Art: The Unexpected Collaboration Between Past and Future

Special Guest: Grimanesa Amorós, Acclaimed Visual Artist and CultureSummit Artist-in-Residence

Featured Performance

Tcheka, Singer-Songwriter

14:00 – 16:00

Afternoon Workshops and Incubator Meetings

Manarat al Saadiyat

18:00 – 21:00

2018 Cultural Diplomats of the Year Award Dinner

At this special dinner we will honor the contributions to international culture and international relations of the winners of our Culture Diplomat of the Year honors.

Day 3 Theme: Setting Goals and an Agenda for the Year Ahead

9:00 – 13:00

Morning Plenaries

Manarat al Saadiyat

9:00 – 9:10

Welcoming Remarks

9:10 – 9:50

 


Arts and Arts-Related Education in Marginalized and At-Risk Communities

9:50 – 10:30

Zaid Souqi, Founder, The Orenda Tribe

Lulani Arquette, President/CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Lauri Fitz-Pegado, Partner, The Livingston Group

Sanjayan Srikanthan, Acting Senior Vice President & Executive Director, International Rescue Committee

Alia Malek, Journalist and Author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria.

 


Arts Education and Cultural Preservation

10:30 – 10:45

Abdul Waheed Khalili, Director, Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Art

George Richards, Head of Heritage, Art Jameel                     

Lori Taylor, Director of Education, Silkroad

Tom Standage, Deputy Editor, The Economist

 


Featured Performance

10:45 – 11:05

Unexpected Collaboration #3: USA & Mexico

Gyan Riley, Guitar and Magos Herrera, Singer

 


Break for Conversation

11:05 – 11:45

Using the Arts to Combat Extremism

11:45 – 12:05

Manny Ansar, Executive Director, Festival in the Desert

Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director, Hedayah

Karim Wasfi, Founder, Peace Through Global Arts Foundation

Nivine Afiouni, Sky News Arabia

 


Featured Performance

12:05 – 12:45

“Portraits in Motion”

Volker Gerling, Flipbook Creator and Storyteller

 


Case Study: The Transformative Role of Art and Culture in the Gulf Region

12:45 – 12:50

Omar Al Shunnar, CEO and Founder, Jsoor

Sofana Dahlan, Founder, Tashkeil                              

Mohammed Hafiz, Vice Chairman of the Saudi Art Council & Co-Founder, Athr Gallery

Moderated by Rashid bin Shabib, Advisor to HE Zaki Nusseibeh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

 


Wrap-up Remarks

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Conversation and Performance

Manarat al Saadiyat

Featured Performance

Special Guest: Lucy Alibar, Playwright and Actress

Introductory conversation led by Philip Himberg, Artistic Director, Theatre Lab, The Sundance Institute, followed by excerpts from Ms. Alibar’s work

Featured Performance

Najmaat led by Sherine Tohamy

 

14:30 – 17:00

Tours of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

14:30 – 15:00

 

Transportation to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

15:00 – 17:00

 

Tours of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

19:00 – 21:30

Art and Universal Humanity: Exploring the Themes of Louvre Abu Dhabi (Location: Louvre Abu Dhabi)

Aakash Odedra, Choreographer

Tania León, Composer and Conductor

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, Artists/Muralists

Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University

Carla Dirlikov Canales

Dinner Reception and Special Screening

The Four Seasons Hotel

Making a Better World: The Arts, Media and Positive Social Change

Kailash Satyarthi, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Derek Doneen, Director, “Kailash”

Keri Putnam, Executive Director, The Sundance Institute

Paul Federbush, Feature Film Program, The Sundance Institute

Moderated by Fiammetta Rocco, Chief Culture Writer, The Economist

Day 4 Theme: Celebrating the Fruits of Unexpected Collaborations

9:00 – 13:00

Morning Plenaries

Manarat al Saadiyat

9:00 – 9:10

Setting an Agenda for the Global Cultural and Media Communities

9:10 – 9:50

Mohammed Al Otaiba, Founder, The Syndication Bureau

Paul Dujardin, CEO and Artistic Director, BOZAR

Christine Eyene, Artistic Director, International Biennial of Casablanca 2018

David Rothkopf, CEO, The Rothkopf Group


Artist Incubator Pitch Sessions

10:00 – 11:30

Collaborative performances by:

Ade Suparman & Clemens Sainitzer, Musicians

Molly Joyce & Jacqueline Suskin, Composer/Performer and Poet


Featured Performance

11:30 – 11:45

Break for Conversation

11:45 – 12:30

Deliverables and Next Steps for CultureSummit
Announcements of projects being launched by Artists Incubator and ongoing deliverable programs flowing from workshops and education initiatives. Discussion among:

HE Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

HE Saif Ghobash, Director General, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Carla Dirlikov Canales, CEO & Founder, TCP Ventures/Classical Singer

David Rothkopf, CEO, The Rothkopf Group

With interventions from Stanford University fellows, the Sundance Institute, Silkroad and others.

13:00 – 14:00

Closing Luncheon and Performances from Artist Incubator

A Celebration of Unexpected Collaborations:

Magda Giannikou, Singer, Pianist

Bait Al Oud Performers with Christoph Pepe Auer, Musicians

Manarat al Saadiyat


CultureSummit is an invitation-only forum convening leaders from the arts, policy, technology and media. Registration for CultureSummit 2018 is US$ 5,000. Fees will be waived for select participants.

450
Participants
80
Countries
65
Workshops

Steering Committee

HE Noura Al Kaabi

UAE Minister of Culture, Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi & twofour54

HE Noura Al Kaabi

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak

Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash

Director General, Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash

David Rothkopf

CEO of The Rothkopf Group

David Rothkopf

Carla Dirlikov Canales

Classical Singer; CEO, TCP Ventures

Carla Dirlikov Canales

 

 

Award Winners

European Union Youth Orchestra

EUYO

European Union Youth Orchestra

Silkroad

Silkroad project and ensemble

Silkroad

Prince Claus Fund

Director General, Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Prince Claus Fund

Karim Wasfi

Chief Conductor and Director, Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra

Karim Wasfi

Hassan Sharif

the late artist Hassan Sharif

Hassan Sharif

Artists in Residence

Gidon Kremer

Maestro and Grammy-winning violinist

Gidon Kremer

Grimanesa Amorós

Artist

Grimanesa Amorós

Afra Atiq

Award-winning poet

Afra Atiq

Jimmy Nelson

Photographer

Jimmy Nelson

Participants

Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Laureate

Kailash Satyarthi

Nancy Spector

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Artistic Director

Nancy Spector

Touria el Glaoui

Founder, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Touria el Glaoui

Drew Bennett

Founder and Director, Artist in Residence program, Facebook

Drew Bennett

H.E. Maqsud Kruse

Executive Director, Hedayah Center

H.E. Maqsud Kruse

Hannah Godefa

UNICEF Ambassador to Ethiopia

Hannah Godefa

Abdul Waheed Khalili

Director, Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Art

Abdul Waheed Khalili

Manny Ansar

Founder, Timbuktu Festival au Désert

Manny Ansar

George Richards

Head of Heritage, Art Jameel Foundation

George Richards

Isao Matsushita

Vice President, Tokyo University of the Arts

Isao Matsushita

 

Carla Fernández

Fashion Designer

Carla Fernández

Tom Standage

Deputy Editor, The Economist

Tom Standage

Ali Al Mansouri

Oud musician

Ali Al Mansouri

Keri Putnam

Sundance Institute Executive Director

Keri Putnam

Fiammetta Rocco

Chief Culture Writer, The Economist

Fiammetta Rocco

Eldbjørg Hemsing

Violinist

Eldbjørg Hemsing

Llewelyn Sanchez-Werner

Pianist

Llewelyn Sanchez-Werner

Christoph Pepe Auer

Saxophonist

Christoph Pepe Auer

Clemens Sainitzer

Cellist

Clemens Sainitzer

Gyan Riley

Guitarist

Gyan Riley

Magos Herrera

Vocalist

Magos Herrera

Gyan Riley

Guitarist

Gyan Riley

Aakash Odedra

Choreographer

Aakash Odedra

Volker Gerling

Theatre artist

Volker Gerling

Liao Yanru

Programming Director, China National Symphony

Liao Yanru

Ali Obaid

Bait Al Oud

Ali Obaid

Faisal Al Saari

Bait Al Oud

Faisal Al Saari

Natalie Bondil

MMFA

Natalie Bondil

Kristy Edmunds

UCLA

Kristy Edmunds

Sarah Douglas

ARTnews

Sarah Douglas

Gantuya Badamgarav

MCASA

Gantuya Badamgarav

Michael Ellis

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital, Cultural, Media & Sport, United Kingdom

Michael Ellis

Nora Halpern

Americans for the Arts

Nora Halpern

Dr. Webber Ndoro

Director General, ICCROM

Dr. Webber Ndoro

Touria El Glaoui

Founding Director, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Touria El Glaoui

Nancy Spector

Artistic Director & Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Nancy Spector

Rebecca Proctor

Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar Art

Rebecca Proctor

Sun Yue-bo

Silkroad

Sun Yue-bo

Yi Sun

Silkroad

Yi Sun

Hope Azeda

Founder, Mashirika Performing Arts

Hope Azeda

Eduardo Braniff

Executive Director, Silkroad

Eduardo Braniff

Melissa Gronlund

Arts Correspondent, The National

Melissa Gronlund

Wu Tong

Silkroad

Wu Tong

Mark Suter

Silkroad

Mark Suter

Ricardo Piquet

Director, Museu do Amanhã

Ricardo Piquet

Melissa Locker

FastCompany

Melissa Locker

Joumana El Zein Khoury

Director of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development

Joumana El Zein Khoury

Carla  Fernández

Fashion Designer

Carla Fernández

Odile Gakire Katese

Director, Woman Cultural Centre

Odile Gakire Katese

Zeina Barhoum

Founder of Amman Opera Festival, Soprano and Jewelry Designer

Zeina Barhoum

Ali Nusef

Co-Founder & CEO, Manshoor

Ali Nusef

Abdallah Al Shami

Managing Partner & Editor-at-Large, MAD Solutions

Abdallah Al Shami

Elke Ritt

Head of Arts, British Council Germany

Elke Ritt

Yan Geling

Author

Yan Geling

Nell Scovell

Screenwriter, Author, Co-author Lean-In

Nell Scovell

Zaid Souqi

Founder, The Orenda Tribe

Zaid Souqi

T. Lulani Arquette

President & CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

T. Lulani Arquette

Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Partner, The Livingston Group

Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Alia Malek

Journalist and Author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Alia Malek

Abdul Waheed Khalili

Director, Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Art

Abdul Waheed Khalili

George Richards

Head of Heritage, Art Jameel

George Richards

Lori Taylor

Director of Education, Silkroad

Lori Taylor

Nivine Afiouni

Chief Sub Editor, Sky News Arabia

Nivine Afiouni

 Omar Al Shunnar

CEO and Founder, Jsoor

Omar Al Shunnar

Sofana Dahlan

Founder, Tashkeil

Sofana Dahlan

Mohammed Hafiz

Vice Chairman of the Saudi Art Council & Co-Founder, Athr Gallery

Mohammed Hafiz

Lucy Alibar

Playwright and Actress

Lucy Alibar

Philip Himberg

Artistic Director, Theatre Lab, The Sundance Institute

Philip Himberg

Raeda Taha

Playwright and Actress

Raeda Taha

Tania León

Composer and Conductor

Tania León

Doris Sommer

Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University

Doris Sommer

Derek Doneen

Director, Kailash

Derek Doneen

Paul Federbush

Feature Film Program, The Sundance Institute

Paul Federbush

Mohammed Al Otaiba

Founder, The Syndication Bureau

Mohammed Al Otaiba

Paul Dujardin

CEO and Artistic Director, BOZAR

Paul Dujardin

Christine Eyene

Artistic Director, International Biennial of Casablanca 2018

Christine Eyene

Ade Suparman

Musician

Ade Suparman

 Molly Joyce

Composer

Molly Joyce

Jacqueline Suskin

Performer and Poet

Jacqueline Suskin

Magda Giannikou

Musician

Magda Giannikou

Check back for participant developments!

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Location


Manarat Al Saadiyat opened in 2009 as the first multi-disciplinary creative space on Saadiyat Island, offering the community a creative platform where they could engage with exhibitions, events and immersive creative experiences. Set in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Cultural District, the venue has been the central location for its annual anchor event, Abu Dhabi Art, which has been held at Manarat Al Saadiyat since its inception. In 2017, the newly renovated Manarat Al Saadiyat launched a new public programme reflecting the growing public interest in the culture of the Emirate. The refurbished space and its diverse programme of activities offer a vibrant and interactive platform for the community to engage with a variety of artistic activities that bring the vision of Saadiyat Island to life. With an ongoing programme of daily workshops, classes, activities and events, Manarat Al Saadiyat now includes an Art Studio specifically designed to engage visitors of all ages in a variety of creative activities, a Photography Studio offering the highest levels of technical expertise, The Garden Pavilion, an outdoor area, providing the perfect space to host a multitude of events, and a 250-seat auditorium and three gallery spaces for temporary exhibitions. The new café and brasserie, Larte, offers a modern interpretation on northern Italian and European classics.

The venue is open daily from 9am until 8pm.

To find out more about Manarat Al Saadiyat’s ongoing programming, please visit manaratalsaadiyat.ae or follow Manarat Al Saadiyat on social media at:

During April, Abu Dhabi temperatures are typically around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night. Most indoor spaces and hotels are air conditioned.

Attire for CultureSummit’s daytime programming is “smart casual” and our evening programming is business/business casual. None of our activities require formal wear.

In general, we recommend dressing slightly on the conservative side, avoiding any very short or very tight attire. Women are not required to cover their heads or hair in most social settings.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected, but is commonly practiced. Gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff are at your discretion.

Many fine dining and high-end restaurants may add a service charge (usually around 10%) and a tourism levy of 6% to your bill. These charges are often included in the menu prices and the menu will denote when they are.

If you are very happy with the service, it is not expected but quite common to leave a tip on top of the already included (16%) fees & service charges. If these charges are not included, then you may like to add a 10-15% tip to the total bill.

Currency & Exchange Rate

Please check out the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi currency converter.

Standard Electricity

Abu Dhabi’s electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Square three-pin sockets are standard. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter with you, though most hotels can supply adapters for other kinds of plug and they can be bought locally.

For more FAQs, check out the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi website.

After the daytime program and before dinner, we encourage you to explore Abu Dhabi by visiting some key cultural landmarks.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum was built to transcend boundaries, preserve heritage, and inspire change. In April 2018, the museum will host exclusive CultureSummit programming for leaders from every corner of the world in one of its highest profile events to date. At the crossroads of the Middle East, perhaps no location is better suited for a summit focused on “Unexpected Collaborations”.

Learn more about the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be co-located on Abu Dhabi’s “Museum Island”, Saadiyat, joining Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat, and other institutions in Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub. Set to be the largest of the global Guggenheim museums, the stunning design by Frank Gehry will showcase international collections that foster a transcultural perspective on the contemporary history of art.

Learn more about the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

General visiting hours are from  9:00am to 10:00pm Saturdays through Thursdays and from 4:30pm to 10:00pm on Fridays. All visitors must wear long, loose fitting, ankle length trousers or skirts. Women must wear a headscarf.

Learn more about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The NYU Abu Dhabi campus and Art Gallery

Located just a few minutes away from Manarat Al Saadiyat in the Saadiyat Marina District.

Learn more about The NYU Abu Dhabi campus and Art Gallery

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