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 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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