From desert backdrops to galleries and theme parks, Abu Dhabi offers a range of unusual backdrops for event planners looking for something a bit different. Here’s our pick of five of the best…
Desert Islands Conference Centre
On a private island wildlife reserve and adjacent to the five-star Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, the centre provides a generous addition to the resort’s extensive business facilities, offering a wide range of meeting and event venues with ocean views for up to 460 guests, plus a stunning beachfront that can host up to 1,000 for cocktails.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat is a 15,400 square metre arts and culture centre on Saadiyat Island. The venue includes four gallery spaces, an auditorium that seats up to 250, meeting rooms, extensive landscaped outdoor spaces, a large atrium and a restaurant and coffee bar. The main galleries of Manarat Al Saadiyat constitute of permanent spaces for a series of exhibitions and educational programmes organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Falconry is one of the Middle East’s most renowned traditions and Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital was set up to protect, conserve, research and promote captive-bred and wild falcons. The hospital – the most modern facility of its kind and just 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport – also makes an interesting event backdrop. Its Shaheen Conference Centre caters to conferences, meetings, workshops, gala dinners and celebratory parties for up to 200.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The first Ferrari-branded theme park and the largest indoor theme park in the world, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers a quirky backdrop for meetings, conferences, gala dinners and incentives. Located on Yas Island, it brings together an unbeatable combination of high thrill rides, attractions and state-of-the-art simulators with eight function rooms accommodating from 15 to 250 guests.
Arabian Nights Heritage Village
Set in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s desert is the Arabian Nights Village (main image), with 30 rooms and suites. The camp spans 85,000sqm, with 3,000sqm of event space, including a meeting room for 18 people. The Oasis pool area can also be hired. The barasti-themed dining hall offers authentic dining options, including floor seating for Bedouin-style meals.
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