TDIC announces official inauguration of Manarat Al Saadiyat visitors’ and art exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island

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Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of cultural, residential and tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi, has announced the official inauguration of Manarat Al Saadiyat visitors’ and art exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island, by H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of TDIC, along with key dignatories and diplomats.

HE Minister Gobash touring The Saadiyat Story exhibition.

HE Minister Gobash touring The Saadiyat Story exhibition.

Located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, Manarat Al Saadiyat is a purpose-built 15,400 square metre visitors’ and exhibition centre, designed to showcase the island’s numerous projects and to host art exhibitions from around the world. Home to three major art galleries; Arts Abu Dhabi Gallery, a Contemporary Art Gallery and a Universal Art Gallery, Manarat Al Saadiyat also offers a central events space, sales centre and a 250-seat theatre.

The inauguration celebrated the opening of The Saadiyat Story, a new and permanent exhibition documenting the historical and cultural milestones, as well as the vision of Saadiyat Island, through an interactive narrative of nine chapters.

“Saadiyat Island has captured the imaginations and interest of people from around the world, and our vision continues to be realised through the rapid progress of many projects already underway. The Saadiyat Story showcases this progress but also shares more of the island’s many stories with locals, residents and visitors,”

said HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan.

“The priority for TDIC’s dynamic cultural programme is to foster public understanding of art and culture, and the official opening of Manarat Al Saadiyat is another key milestone in that plan. This space will enable us to host exhibitions from around the world and to foster a greater engagement with the arts on a local level, in the lead-up to the opening of the museums in the Saadiyat Cultural District in 2013,” he concluded.

The Saadiyat Story adopts the latest museum technologies and employs a variety of interactive mediums to engage with visitors; touchscreen catalogues to encourage independent learning, audios from architects for each of the museums in the Saadiyat Cultural District, films documenting key conservation methods and the vision and progress of Saadiyat Island, and a ‘virtual book’ technology that has never before been deployed in the region. Its final chapter allows visitors to view a realtime video feed from the major construction sites on the island.

Designed to offer a rich educational experience for all visitors irrespective of their age, culture or level of appreciation for arts and culture, Manarat Al Saadiyat is open to all visitors from 10am to 8pm seven days a week for free.

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