The largest of the seven members of the emirates, Abu Dhabi is indeed a wonder to explore, whether it is for the first time or if you’re merely discovering new desert trails to follow. A tranquil destination where the lack of chaotic traffic and the surrounding beauty of the deserts and greenery captivate you, this is definitely one emirate whose siren call to venture within must be heeded. An attraction that is sure to make your visit worthwhile is the Al Qattara Arts Centre, which is a true experiential jewel embedded within the many treasures of this mystical desert landscape.
Within the aged city walls of Al Ain, nestled amidst the cool confines of the Al Ain Oasis, lies the majestic shrine of arts and culture known as the Al Qattara Arts Centre. A place dedicated to the development and promotion of arts and culture across the UAE, it is a unique educational enclave where one can study and practice this worthwhile and necessary pursuit.
The centre is situated in a remodelled fort where one can enjoy and learn or simply observe arts along the likes of calligraphy, painting, drawing, photography, and pottery. Classes are conducted by experts in the field; for instance, calligraphy is taught by Mohammed Mandi, who is responsible for the embellishment of the 99 names of Allah on the Qibla at the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. If learning through observation is your preference, then visit the unique art gallery that exhibits beautiful masterpieces that will leave you speechless and stoke the fires of creativity and inspiration.
Established by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), this arts and cultural centre promotes creativity and ignites artistic passion in the community of Abu Dhabi. A blend of traditional architecture graced with state-of-the-art facilities, the centre features spacious dry and wet studios, a full-fledged pottery studio, a calligraphy studio, and a digital room that are ideal for photography and computer classes. The dry studio hosts activities such as music classes and arts and crafts, while the wet studio provides an ample space for painting and drawing excursions.
Spend an inspirational day at the Al Qattara Arts Center and return to your suite or room at the Eastern Mangrove Hotel and Spa by Anantara. Boasting a beautiful natural setting amidst a mangrove forest and close proximity to many of the emirate’s attractions, your accommodation Abu Dhabi is well taken care of within the gracious confines of this luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi.