Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan


Celebrating 50 years of the United Arab Emirates, a first-of-its-kind event highlights the innovation, creativity and collaboration that mark the development of the nation’s visual art landscape. A unique collection of artworks never before displayed together creates a centrepiece for a cultural experience tracing the UAE’s visual art history as it has unfolded over a half-century of the nation’s transformative development.

Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan


A rich programme of talks, performances and workshops around the Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives exhibition will take place in a dedicated activation space within the exhibition, as well as in a hybrid digital format.

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Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab aims to strengthen and support the Emirati publishing industry and to cultivate and showcase the achievements of Emirati creative writers and writers across the Arab world, in line with the UAE’s publishing renaissance and the efforts of the nation’s wise leadership.

This initiative is part of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation’s ongoing investment in culture and the arts, in Abu Dhabi and internationally, since 1996. ADMAF’s education and community progammes develop creativity and preserve Emirati cultural heritage with Arabic as a priority.

Abu Dhabi Festival will be presenting the 13 authors through an array of activties at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Applications are now live for The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2021.

Here Emirati artists connect with each other and with the public. See the work of the nation’s emerging and established artists in this network of filmmakers, visual artists, photographers, sculptors, mixed-media artists, and more. Click here to explore 

Held under the theme “Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: Creativity, Innovation, Joy”, Abu Dhabi Festival has returned in its 19 th edition, with over 300 events and performances. Pre-festival performances are happening now. Find out more.

The programme completed with cultural managers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, innovators, curators, and community organisers from across the UAE experimenting with multidisciplinary project ideas and inventive approaches to creating change through culture.

Distant Prospects – European Landscape Paintings from LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections presents the history of European landscape painting from one of the world’s most important private collections and is now open to the public. These masterpieces have never before been seen in the Middle East, and the paintings date back to the 15th century, featuring key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque artistic movements, including works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Joos de Momper, Jan Brueghel the Younger and Peter Paul Rubens, among many others, collected and preserved over many generations by the House of Liechtenstein. The Exhibition will be open to the public until 25th of March 2019 at Manarat al Saadiyat, Gallery S in Abu Dhabi.

See how the media professionals of tomorrow get their start in an innovative development programme.

As part of the Distant Prospects exhibition, five Emirati artists from ADMAF’s Nationals’ Gallery were sent overseas on a visual arts residency programme. Firstly they visited and met with the Princely Collections team in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, after which they  headed to Vienna, Austria, to visit both City and Summer Palaces, which form part of the Princely Collections. Visits were also made to a variety of important Viennese museums including Museum of Modern Art Vienna (MUMOK), the Art History Museum Vienna, World Museum, Albertina, Kunstforum and Hundertwasser Haus. Through this residency programme ADMAF provided a vital opportunity for Emirati artists to develop and shape their artistic practice within an international context, while facilitating important cultural dialogue between them and their contemporaries overseas.