The new president of the United Arab Emirates is behind transforming the Emirate of Abu Dhabi into a vibrant place for culture and creative activities
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the patron of art who has played an inspiring role in transforming the Emirate of Abu Dhabi into a center of culture and creative endeavors in the Arab world and beyond. He was instrumental in building the Saadiyat Cultural District, a forum for global culture intended to welcome local and international visitors to exhibitions, galleries and live performances.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
It is the first art museum of its kind in the Middle East that embodies the spirit of tolerance and intercultural dialogue while celebrating the region’s multi-cultural heritage. The museum has acquired over 620 works of art, including important artworks on loan from 13 leading museums in France. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by the 2008 Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, who depicted a museum city, or Arab city, under a vast silver dome.
The museum was built according to a government agreement signed between the Emirates and France in 2007, which includes a 30-year and six-month loan to the Louvre, temporary exhibitions for 15 years, and artwork loans for 10 years.
Qasr Al Hosn
The oldest and most important building in the capital, Qasr al-Hosn, is a museum that tells the story of the city and its inhabitants.
Qasr Al Hosn includes Abu Dhabi’s first permanent structure – a coral and marine stone watchtower, built to protect the Abu Dhabi settlement established on the island in the 1860s.
Over the centuries, it has been home to the ruling family, seat of government, an advisory council, and a national archive. It is now a living monument to the nation and a narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history through objects, artefacts, and archival materials.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat, translated as “The Place of Enlightenment,” is an arts and cultural center located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, that welcomes visitors to discover collections of famous international and local artists. It is also home to Abu Dhabi Art, an annual art fair.
Zayed National Museum
The nation’s first national museum will highlight the life and achievements of the founding father and first president, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away in 2004. It will also bring to life the rich history of the United Arab Emirates, its standing in the region and its cultural ties around the world. .
Housed in a stunning building designed by pioneering architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum will showcase the story of Sheikh Zayed and his lasting impact through permanent exhibition displays and a dynamic exhibition programme. The Zayed National Museum will also stand as a symbol of the modernity of the United Arab Emirates and its amazing progress in recent years.
Designed by 1989 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Futuristic Museum is a collaboration between the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is set to be the region’s premier museum of global modern and contemporary art, promoting a deeper understanding of how different artistic perspectives have shaped our interconnected history and cultures.
Dedicated to strong education and community outreach, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will promote the study and interpretation of global modern and contemporary art.
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum reflects the UAE’s vision as a cultural center in the region and a place of exchange. The Museum plays a civic role through its mission to generate broader interest and awareness of international modern and contemporary art while providing a creative platform for artists around the world.