The spotlight falls on Abu Dhabi's arts scene as the eighth edition of Abu Dhabi Art opens at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Expect a smorgasbord of activities on all things art from galleries and talks to performances and workshops. "Abu Dhabi Art was created to reflect the thriving artistic spirit in the emirate, showcasing a diverse programme of creative expression that serves as a platform to engage with a global audience," said TCA Abu Dhabi Chairman, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak.

Abu Dhabi Art 2016

This year's event will be segmented into four different groups: Modern & Contemporary, Bidaya, Beyond and the newly curated Gateway section. One of the highlights from the Gateway exhibition is "Time of the Empress", a video installation by artist duo Aziz + Cucher. Also, the popular Dubai art space Leila Heller Gallery is presenting landmark works by leading contemporary artists – Ghada Amer, Jacob Hashimoto, Nabil Nahas, Francesca Pasquali and Firooz Zahedi – who share a common theme in which they bring focus to current issues using visual imagery inspired by the past.  

Abu Dhabi Art 2016 

Another key participant is the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, who are holding unique meet and greet sessions that bring art aficionados and artists together including prominent Emirati artists Khalil Abdul Wahid, Ahmed Al Faresi, Azza Al Qubaisi and Amna Al Dabbagh.

Abu Dhabi Art 2016

Abu Dhabi Art 2016 runs until November 19. For more art news, read about the upcoming Zaina El-Said art exhibition at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow.