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The 4 most beautiful cultural institutions in the United Arab Emirates

There are many ways to discover a city. Whether you do it through food, cultural institutions, or architecture, your perception can change…In the United Arab Emirates, the cultural landscape is evolving at a remarkable pace and is not going unnoticed. Focus on four cultural institutions that combine art, history and beauty.

1.Qasr Al Watan

Long contemplated by Abu Dhabi residents and tourists without access, Qasr Al Watan has opened to the public since March 11th. Another cultural building for the city, located in the heart of the presidential palace where the President and the Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi sit. In this cultural jewel showcasing Arab architecture, lovers of literature and history will be able to enjoy the library, which offers a wide choice of books on the Emirates and its institutions. While this cultural venue gives a better understanding of the country’s leaders and the functioning of its institutional system, visitors are also able to learn more about crafts, the arts and traditional calligraphy.

2.Warehouse 421

In the Abu Dhabi port area of Mina Zayed, there is a space dedicated to the very popular culture : Warehouse 421. A true reference point for artistic expression and creative education, Warehouse 421 regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, film screenings and workshops. An ideal platform where art and design, among others, come together and allow people who are passionate about art or simply curious to interact with each other.
Renewing the exhibition program each season, Warehouse 421 currently showcases Nomadic Trails: The Travels of Arab Scripts, which explores the role that scripts have played in defining and preserving the cultural identity of past and present civilizations.

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3.Sheikh Zayed Founder’s Memorial

Inaugurated in 2018, the Founder’s Memorial Sheikh Zayed is a national tribute to the life, heritage and values of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. Through art, nature, stories and multimedia experiences, the cultural institution offers visitors a range of fictional encounters with Sheikh Zayed to better understand “his work”. The centrepiece of the Memorial, The Constellation, is a monumental and public work of art: the three-dimensional portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed, which can be analyzed and perceived differently depending on the perspective from which it is viewed around the Memorial. Located on the Corniche, the Memorial of the founder Sheikh Zayed has a garden composed of desert plants that adds a sumptuous touch to the setting.

4.Manarat Al Saadiyat

Nestled in the heart of the cultural centre of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat is a true haven of peace. This place of modern architecture is ideal for anyone who wishes to participate in cultural, artistic or sharing activities. While in the United Arab Emirates several artists are emerging, Manarat Al Saadiyat encourages all types of innovative artistic projects and local initiatives. The site also has a green and picturesque outdoor area, ideal for a multitude of activities such as culinary experiences or yoga classes.

Published on 31 May 2019



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