Updated: Aug 27, 2019

From the Louvre Abu Dhabi to the nation’s grand Palaces, Abu Dhabi is awash with Art & Culture. View the city through the prism of art using this Yalla Artinerary.

1. Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace has just opened to the public for tours. Be among the first to see the interior of Abu Dhabi’s opulent alabaster palace by the sea. Witness rooms where treaties were signed, and history made. Learn about the UAE in the palace’s libraries and interactive displays and explore the lavish gardens.

2. Emirates Palace

If you are in UAE, a visit to Emirates Palace is a must. Experience the luxury at its best at this ultra-lavish hotel of Abu Dhabi. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to visit. Having a reservation in any dining outlet within the Palace enables visitors to wander the public areas of the Palace, and the hotel has recently begun to offer tours. Preregistration is required. Ras Al Akdhar,

3. The Founder’s Memorial

The Founder’s Memorial is a permanent tribute of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE and a great place to learn about him through art, nature, words, stories, and multimedia experiences. The centrepiece of memorial is a public artwork named The Constellation, a dynamic 3D portrait of Zayed that can be experienced differently from around the city. Ras Al Akdhar,

4. N2N Gallery

N2N Gallery has been bringing inspiring art collections from Europe to the UAE and Abu Dhabi since May 2013. Founded by two Ukrainian expats, the gallery features sculpture, graphic art, and paintings in a surprising fusion between realism and the abstract. N2N also organizes art master classes so people can learn from master artists. N2N Gallery, ground floor, Al Ain Tower, Khalidiyah, 02 665 9858

5. Etihad Modern Art Gallery

Etihad Modern Art Gallery is a not-to-miss small gallery with work by international and local artists in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Al Bateen. Combine your visit with lunch in the neighbouring Art House Café with its quirky décor and then pick up an arty souvenir in the gallery’s gift shop. Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen Area, 02 621 0145

6. Abu Dhabi Art Hub

Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist-run community in the UAE and an oasis of artistic development in the region. The Art Hub Abu Dhabi is a space dedicated to nurturing Abu Dhabi’s nascent art scene through its artist residency programmes, offered to both foreign and emerging local artists, and numerous creative workshops. Its diverse and regular exhibitions are a treat for all contemporary art enthusiasts. Abu Dhabi Art Hub, World Trade Center, 02 551 5005

7. Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn is considered “the birthplace of Abu Dhabi,” Qasr al Hosn is the first permanent structure in the state, in the 1760s and was the home of the Al Nahyan family. These days the fort is one of the most important Abu Dhabi museums and plays host to a variety of cultural events. The fort site has recently reopened to host a museum brimming with artefacts and interactive displays, and anyone can watch and learn to make local handicrafts. Al Marzikiyah,

8. Manarat Al Saadiyat

Located near the Louvre, Manarat Al Saadiyat has multiple gallery spaces and rotating exhibitions on art, science, and culture. The museum routinely features the work of homegrown artists and has an active events calendar. It also has a newly opened art and photography drop in studios for those who fancy creative time. Saadiyat Island,

9. Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi is not surprisingly the best-known art gallery in Abu Dhabi, and the best place to start any art journey in the capital. The museum is based on Saadiyat Island, with a huge collection of artworks from around the world, including temporary exhibitions. It’s an art lover’s paradise, even if you go for the architecture alone – the domed roof was designed by French starchitect Jean Nouvel. Saadiyat Island,

10. Warehouse 421

Warehouse 421 is still quite the cool kid on Abu Dhabi’s art block. Located in the port area, this cultural and creative hub is firmly focused on supporting, promoting and developing local artists, designers and the creative community in the Middle East and beyond, hosting a series of must-see exhibitions and events. Mina Port,

11. NYUAD Art Gallery

The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery, the University’s academic museum, exhibits the work of regional and world-renowned artists. The gallery’s hopes to fuel the growth of contemporary art in the Arab world and to act as an educational tool for the NYUAD community to learn about the power of art and allow viewers to experience cross-cultural dialogues and philosophical concepts through art. Saadiyat Island,

Published on March 2019

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