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, including 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.
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.
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
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 at one of its highest profile events yet. At the crossroads of the Middle East, perhaps no location is better suited for a summit focusing 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 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