Image Credit: Manarat Al Saadiyat

The newly relaunched art hub smack dab in the centre of Saadiyat Cultural District is brimming with a public events calendar mixed with dance, art, music, comedy, sport, leisure, food and more. 

Check out some of our favourite things to do at the venue this month:


1. From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates

Check out an international visual arts exhibition in Dialogue with works from Emirati Artists – From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates. 

The expansive exhibition showcasing over 100 works, by more than 70 artists, including 20 Emirati practitioners, from over nine decades. The show is divided into 3 categories, Figure, Environment, and Form, exploring the universal theme of the human condition.

The MACBA collection, brought over in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Festival, is one of the most significant in Southern Europe and is displayed on black floors, with works by the Emirati artists on white floors. This is one exhibition not to miss.

Location Gallery A, Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Free and open to all Running until 17 March 2018


2. Full Moon Lunar Observation by Al Sadeem Astronomy

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One especially for the kids and budding astronauts! This monthly event explores the skies and teaches you about the life cycles of stars. Stand under the stars and learn about the constellations through their monthly full moon lunar observation. 

Location Plaza, Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Free and open to all Timings February 23 from 6pm to 9pm Contact 02 6575937


3. Open mic night at Music Jams  

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A platform for established and amateur bands alike, if you want to perform, or listen to local musicians, come on down to the weekly jam session.

Location Garden and Atrium, Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Free and open to all Timings Every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm Contact For registration, please email manaratalsaadiyat@dctabudhabi.ae or call 02 6575937      


4. Try your hand at painting and drawing at Art Studio

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Art Studio’s range of workshops are specially designed for each age group and for all levels of ability. Timed workshops are led by teaching artists and explore a variety of techniques, styles and themes. Workshops are designed as stand-alone sessions or part of a bigger series. Each time you come, you’ll find new things to learn. Prior booking at least 24 hours in advance is required for all workshops.

Location Art Studio, Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Dh100 to Dh150 per session. Children at Dh50 to Dh75 per session Timings Daily until17 March 2018 Contact 02 6575929


5. 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition

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An exhibition showcasing the best work from the 10 years of Emirates Photography Competition. A plethora of beautiful photos and an insight into the unique locally based talent.

Location Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Free and open to all Timings Running until 31 March 2018

6. Try out Italian food at LARTE

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The LARTE project is a concept from the heart of Milan. Larte is offers a top-quality Italian hospitality experience with various in house promotions served alongside the arts, fashion and design. Highlights include world-class coffee from the Illy Café concept, along with Italian and European breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites. Cakes, pastries and desserts are also available all day.

Location Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost various Timings Daily from 9am – 8pm


7. Take up parkour

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Learn the basics of Parkour and strengthen the body.

Location Manarat Al Saadiyat Cost Price upon arrival Timings Every Sunday and Tuesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for kids and 7.30pm to 8.30pm for adults