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The culture in Abu Dhabi is dictated by its religion. Islam is not just a religion, but it is a way of life in Abu Dhabi. Islamic culture has given great importance to Hospitality, and the same dictum is followed in Abu Dhabi also, the tourists and visitors are welcomed, and utmost care is taken to make them feel comfortable.

The city of Abu Dhabi has undergone a significant change in its culture due to modernization and is becoming the new hot destination of the Middle East. The museums and art galleries also depict this change. Along with their traditional festivals, Abu Dhabi also celebrates many international festivals such as Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Dance festival, etc.

Galleries

Etihad Modern Art Gallery

Etihad Modern Art Gallery

The Etihad Modern Art Gallery is a multi-purpose cultural hub of Abu Dhabi, which serves as an art space, café and also as a gift shop. The art gallery is owned by Khaled Seddiq Al Muttawa and houses fine specimens of books, antiques, paintings, etc...

Miraj Islamic Art Centre

The Miraj Islamic Art Centre is committed to upholding the legacy, history and glory of Islam. The art gallery showcases unique pieces from all over the world like Iran, Egypt, Syria, India, Iraq and many more nations.

Salwa Zeidan Gallery

The Salwa Zeidan gallery is sited at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi and was founded in 1994 by Salwa Zeidan, who is a well-known Lebanese artist. The art gallery specializes in contemporary art forms and also strives to promote local artists.

Festivals

Abu Dhabi Festival

The renowned Abu Dhabi Festival is one of the chief arts and culture festivals in the UAE. Performers, magicians, students and artists from all over the world gather together in the city to celebrate one of the most significant events in the gulf.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

This is the fastest-growing book fair in the Middle East, providing an opportunity for over 800 exhibitors from 63 countries to bring their work into the limelight. This event is organised by KITAB, a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage...

Abu Dhabi International Dance Festival

One of the most awaited festival’s in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi dance festival strives to present some of the best talents in dance forms such as Kizomba, Hip hop, Salsa, Afro Rumba, Bachata, Zouk, Cha Cha and many more. Launched in the year 2013.

Museums

Emirates National Auto Museum

The Emirates National Auto Museum is situated on the Hameen Road, Al Bhasra, and is a privately owned vehicle museum of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The building is structured in the form of a modern day pyramid and it holds just about 200 exhibition items.

Heritage Village

This well-known museum is dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed, who is also lovingly known as the 'Father of the Nation'. The museum lies in Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen district and is home to many of his personal belongings, photographs...

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The eminent Louvre museum in Paris is all set to share its name and values with Abu Dhabi by the means of its division in Abu Dhabi. This museum has the potential to be one of the most influential buildings in the world after its completion in the year 2017.

Exhibitions

Warehouse 421

Warehouse 421 is an exhibition stage and cultural destination located in Abu Dhabi’s port area of Mina Zayed. It’s mainly a platform for understanding artistic expressions, music, art and further development of the UAE’s creative community.

Abu Dhabi Art Hub

Opened in 2012, the Abu Dhabi Art Hub is the first artist community founded by Ahmed Al Yafei in Abu Dhabi. Located at Musaffah quarter, Abu Dhabi it serves as an art platform for young, emerging artists from around the world and UAE.

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat means “The Place of Enlightenment” which is located in Saadiyat Cultural District. It is purely built for art and culture with multiple gallery spaces. It exhibits a huge collection of various art and cultures from international to local artists.

Recommended Activities

4x4 Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

Duration: 5 hours 30 min (approx.)
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Al Ain Day Trip

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Big Bus Abu Dhabi

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