Opened in 1981 under the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Cultural Foundation was the United Arab Emirates’ first multi-purpose community centre, a public institution with a mandate to foster and nurture cultural consciousness for all citizens of the recently unified UAE. Placed next to the historic Qasr Al Hosn, this building fundamentally represented a new outlook on the role of culture in the modern UAE, with the introduction of the first national library, a theatre and a multi-purpose exhibition hall. Between 2009 and 2018, the Cultural Foundation underwent extensive conservation measures including repairs, rehabilitation and some adaptive reuse. Its much-anticipated reopening took place in December 2018.  

Cultural Foundation presents a cutting-edge visual arts programme of exhibitions, art residencies, commissions, workshops and events. It also showcases a world-class, contemporary and home-grown performing arts programme in its newly renovated 900-seat theatre. It has transformed its library to become the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library. The state-of-art facility presents innovative hands-on learning programmes for children and families. 



  • Culture Foundation Exhibitions - Free Entry


Children’s Library

  • Laser Cut workshop - 15% Discount
  • Painting Pals Workshop - 15% Discount
  • Heritage Club - 15% Discount
  • Makers Club - 15% Discount
  • Animation & Stop Motion Club - 15% Discount
  • Winter Camp - 15% Discount
  • VR Premium Experiences - Free Entry


Concert / Performance

  • Faia Younan - 20% Discount
  • The Roots by Kader Attou - 20% Discount
  • Elephant - 20% Discounts




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