Manar Abu Dhabi, a groundbreaking initiative by Public Art Abu Dhabi, is set to transform the natural vistas of the city into a mesmerizing canvas of light art exhibitions. Launched as a key pillar of the Public Art Abu Dhabi initiative, this event promises to showcase an array of new commissions and site-specific light sculptures, projections, and immersive artworks by both local and international artists. In its inaugural edition, Manar Abu Dhabi is themed "Grounding Light," offering residents and visitors an immersive, multi-sensory experience that celebrates the emirate’s natural beauty.

Key Details:

1. Locations:

Manar Abu Dhabi's captivating artworks will be strategically placed across several key locations throughout Abu Dhabi, including:

  • Lulu Island
  • Saadiyat Island
  • Jubail Island
  • Al Samaliyah Island
  • Fahid Island
  • Coastal areas such as Corniche Road
  • The Eastern Mangroves

This widespread display ensures that residents and visitors alike can experience the transformative power of light in various settings, each adding a unique dimension to the exhibition.

2. The Theme: Grounding Light:

Curated by Reem Fadda, Director of Abu Dhabi Culture Programming and Cultural Foundation, and Artistic Director of Public Art Abu Dhabi, along with Alia Zaal Lootah, Curator Public Art, the theme "Grounding Light" aims to provide a fresh perspective on Abu Dhabi’s coastal areas. The exhibition invites audiences to see these familiar landscapes in a new light, fostering a deeper connection between art and the natural beauty of the emirate.

3. Participating Artists:

Over 35 site-specific artworks have been commissioned for Manar Abu Dhabi, featuring a diverse array of mediums including light projections, sculptures, installations, and performances. The international roster of artists includes names from Argentina, Belgium, France, Japan, India, Mexico, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tunisia, the UAE, UK, and the USA. Notable artists include Carsten Holler, Groupe F, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and teamLab, among others.

4. Impact on Abu Dhabi's Art Scene:

This initiative is part of Public Art Abu Dhabi’s ongoing commitment to commissioning public art for the emirate. Manar Abu Dhabi, alongside other elements such as the Public Art Abu Dhabi Biennial and artist commissions, reinforces the city's efforts in enhancing spaces of historical, aesthetic, architectural, social, scientific, and technological value. By paying homage to the vibrant cultural legacy of the capital while looking towards the future, Public Art Abu Dhabi continues to position Abu Dhabi as a global hub for artistic expression.

5. Dates and Free Admission:

Manar Abu Dhabi is set to launch in March 2023, and the artworks will be on display for a limited time. Admission to the exhibition is free, ensuring that the transformative experience of Manar Abu Dhabi is accessible to everyone.


Manar Abu Dhabi emerges as a beacon of artistic innovation, blending the rich cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi with the transformative power of light. As the city's landscape becomes a canvas for these remarkable artworks, residents and visitors alike are invited to explore and engage with the beauty that emerges when art and nature intersect. Manar Abu Dhabi not only contributes to the cultural tapestry of the city but also reinforces Abu Dhabi's commitment to fostering a vibrant and dynamic artistic community for years to come. Explore the illuminating world of Manar Abu Dhabi and experience art in a new light!