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CultureSummit 2017

Location & Travel Tips

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Unprecedented in scale and scope, Saadiyat Cultural District is set to become a global cultural hub, housing the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural assets. These will include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi – all designed by Pritzker prize winners. The majority of Abu Dhabi Culture Summit events will take place throughout the day in Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Airport Transfers:

Pick-up at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been arranged for you, and a ground agent will be waiting for you outside of customs and baggage claim. If you are arriving around the same time as other CultureSummit participants, you may be on a group transfer to your hotel.


Travel Emergencies

If you are in need of assistance during the Abu Dhabi Summit and your individual airline is unable to assist you, please contact our travel management company at or 855-397-7162 (U.S. or Canada), +1-305-590-8399 (outside the U.S. and Canada)


Leaving Abu Dhabi

Hotel Check-Out

Please carefully review your bill upon checking out of your hotel.

CultureSummit is pleased to cover the cost of your room, including all taxes and fees. If you made any charges to your room during your stay (room service, movies, etc.) you will be personally responsible for those charges.

Airport Transfers

If you are departing Abu Dhabi on April 12th or prior to the end of programming on April 13th, you should arrange for your own transportation to the airport.

Taxis are plentiful, safe and inexpensive, and a ride to the airport should cost approximately 55 AED to 90 AED (about $15-$25 USD). Please note that taxis only accept cash in the local currency. You may also arrange for a private airport transfer through your hotel, though that can be costlier than a taxi.

If you are departing Abu Dhabi on the evening of April 13th, any time on April 14th or the morning of April 15th, Click here for the transportation schedule from the Ritz Carlton to Abu Dhabi International Airport.  

If you are departing after midday on April 15th, you should make your own arrangements to get to the airport.

If you are unable to locate your airport shuttle, please contact Impact DMC at: +971 56 472 9038.

If you are a guest at the Park Hyatt, your airport transfer is being arranged separately.


Airport Check-In & Flights

Before packing, please check with your airline about restrictions to carry-on luggage, including the presence of electronic devices and laptops.

We recommend you arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight’s listed departure time. Travelers flying on Etihad to the United States will go through U.S. Customs in Abu Dhabi prior to boarding.


If you need assistance during your travels and your individual airline is unable to assist you, please contact our travel management company at or dial 855-397-7162 (U.S. or Canada) or +1-305-590-8399 (outside the U.S. or Canada.)

Hotel Check-In

Upon checking in, your hotel will scan your passport and place a small hold on your credit card for any incidental charges you incur during your stay. If you prefer to make that hold in cash, you may do so in the local currency UAE Dirhams (AED).

CultureSummit is pleased to cover the cost of your room (including taxes, fees, and daily breakfast) for the nights of April 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th. Individual guests are responsible for all incidentals and any additional nights booked.

Transportation to CultureSummit

Shuttle service will be provided daily between your hotel and Manarat Al Saadiyat, the site of CultureSummit’s daytime programming.

Shuttles will also be provided to and from dinners and evening programming. Check out the CultureSummit Abu Dhabi 2017 Shuttle Schedule for more details.


Weather & Attire

During April, Abu Dhabi temperatures are typically around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night. It rarely rains, so pack for sunny weather outside. But most indoor spaces and hotels are heavily air conditioned, so we recommend bringing a light jacket, sweater, or scarf everywhere you go.

Attire for CultureSummit’s daytime programming is “smart casual” and our evening programming will be closer to business/business casual. None of our activities require formalwear.

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.

General Information


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 Abu Dhabi’s Tourism and Cultural Authority 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 Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority website.

Getting to know Abu Dhabi

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

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Visit Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat to experience the future museum’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection presentation. The vision endeavors to foster a transcultural perspective on the history of art, intended to encompass various legacies of modernism and the emergence of contemporary cultural thought in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The opening hours are from 9:00am to 8:00pm.

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

Wahat Al Karama and UAE Memorial

Designed by CultureSummit Artist-in-Residence Idris Khan, the memorial is located adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and is open daily from 9:00am to Midnight.

Learn more about the Wahat Al Karama and UAE Memorial

Art After Dark – Abu Dhabi Crossroads: Susan Hefuna in Collaboration with Attitude Dance Society

Friday 14 April 2017, 18:30 Manarat Al Saadiyat

Susan Hefuna extends her artistic practice in collaboration with New York University Abu Dhabi’s Attitude Dance Society. The programme begins with a short discussion among Valerie Hillings, Curator and Manager, Curatorial Affairs, Abu Dhabi Project, Hefuna, and participating student dancers to illuminate their collaborative process in developing the dance performance to follow, one inspired by Hefuna’s exploration of the systems of movement and social interaction between people and architecture. Through performance, the dancers visually interpret Hefuna’s drawings and urban movement and choreography that unfold everyday at crossroads in Abu Dhabi. After the performance, guests are invited to an extended evening of music, art, and activities that relate to the artwork featured in the exhibition and its main themes of performance, process, and presence