Snap it up on Saadiyat

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

Up your snap game in Manarat Al Saadiyat’s new Photography Studio. Yalla caught up with Alia Al Qasimi, the museum’s head, to learn more.

Manarat Al Saadiyat has announced big changes recently. Tell us how you believe the addition of the photography Studio will enhance a guest’s visit?

The Photography Studio has been designed in line with Manarat Al Saadiyat’s overall mission, which is to foster a thriving creative hub in Abu Dhabi. The studio will contribute to enhancing photography within the UAE by encouraging talent within Abu Dhabi’s photography community. The Studio will engage visitors and tourists by highlighting the Emirate’s rich cultural diversity, and it will also host a vibrant annual programme which will include exhibitions, workshops, master classes, public talks, photography expeditions with the community, portfolio review sessions, exclusive one-to-one courses, and community-driven photography exhibitions. The Studio will also provide a dedicated space for the art of photography.

Do you believe that residents and tourists will use these studios in the same manner?

The Photography Studio is designed to support and inspire all photographers - that includes both residents and visitors. It will offer a platform for photography enthusiasts, professionals and artists to learn and grow, exposing them to new techniques and the latest approaches in the field, and helping them to improve their own skills. In addition, the facilities will also include a large workshop space, classrooms, and a studio available for rent equipped with a dressing room. Through a wide range of workshops, daily classes and monthly courses available across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, residents and tourists can choose the one most relevant to them. The comprehensive list of classes, timings and fees is available on the Manarat Al Saadiyat website:

Tell us about upcoming exhibitions.

Over the next few months we are also expecting to launch several high-profile events including the annual Abu Dhabi Art event, an exhibition entitled Abdul Qader Al Rais: 50 Years of Art, the GCC Heritage and Oral History Conference, plus many more.

What are your plans for Manarat Al Saadiyat going forward?

Since its inception in 2009, Manarat Al Saadiyat has been dedicated to contributing to the art scene in Abu Dhabi through exhibitions, workshops, performances, and art studio spaces. Moving forward, we’re looking forward to maintaining our stand at the visitor centre and gateway to the district’s famous museums including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Learn more about the studios and programmes at

Published on October 2018

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