Cultural and Language Institutions in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi provides its residents with multitude opportunities to learn new languages, gain cultural awareness, polish artistic skills and expand their horizons, to encourage dialogue and cultural exchange among different nations.
Public Cultural Institutions in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority handles all aspects of tourism and cultural heritage of the Emirate; it offers a diverse range of cultural events and programmes which allow people to discover more about the Emirati arts, traditions, folklore, music, literature and handicrafts, among others.
It organises throughout the year a number of cultural festivals, exhibitions, lectures and seminars, and competitions in poetry and photography.
In addition, it supports talent development through creativity workshops for children and juniors. For adults, programmes include Arabic calligraphy, painting, sculpture, photography, jewellery design, dressmaking, fashion and decoration.
Emirates Heritage Club (EHC)
Emirates Heritage Club aims to preserve the Emirati culture and heritage and pass it on to future generations by organising various cultural activities and heritage sport events.
EHC also works for the promotion of popular literature such as poetry, stories and proverbs.
Zayed House for Islamic Culture (ZHIC)
Zayed House for Islamic Culture is an Islamic cultural institution under Abu Dhabi Government that handles new Muslims affairs.
It provides free Arabic language courses for non-Arabic speakers, it also offers various courses and cultural sessions which aim to teach people basic facts about Islam and answer general queries about it.
Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
The foundation funds several areas of art, culture, heritage, education, health.
It also hosts "Forum" program, a monthly public seminar series of leading international and local thinkers and innovators.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
It is the place of enlightenment that offers visitors, tourists and artists the opportunity to discover famous collections from international artists.
It hosts art exhibitions organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) with collections from around the world, It also provides visitors with a taste of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums programme and helps to develop awareness and understanding of the art and culture.
For more information, kindly visit Saadiyat Island page.
There are more public cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi Emirate such as: Abu Dhabi cultural centre, the cultural foundation at alhosn castle, the national theater, alqattara arts centre, Abu Dhabi music and arts foundation and Sultan bin Zayed Centre.
Abu Dhabi Government also puts a lot of efforts on Libraries, book fairs and cultural events in order to highlight the importance of reading in building knowledge and exploring other cultures, and some examples of these efforts are the yearly culture summit in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and Al Ain Book Fair.
In addition, "Kitab" initiative has launched "Kitab Bus" project with the support of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority which aims at promoting a culture of reading and facilitate easy access to books.
Private Cultural and Language Institutions in Abu Dhabi
The Mother Tongue Arabic Language Centre
The Mother Tongue Centre was established in 2005 as a specialised Arabic teaching centre.
Since Arabic is the official language of the UAE, the centre aims to teach the Arabic language to non-Arabic speakers, from beginners to advanced levels.
It also includes a language laboratory for the development of curricula in teaching Arabic for all the needs and with high international academic standards.
For more information, kindly visit The Mother Tongue Centre website.
The Abu Dhabi branch of the Alliance Francaise was established in 1974 and aims to widen access to French language and culture to encourage education, cultural exchange and friendly dialogue between France and the UAE.
In addition to language courses, the centre provides workshops and events to introduce France culture.
For more information, kindly visit Alliance Francaise website.
American Language Centre
The American Centre runs English courses each month, the courses include TOEFL preparation and all levels of generalised or specialised English teaching.
The centre offers special classes for ladies and runs a summer school for children and all other classes are tailor-made to suit student requirements.
For more than a century, Berlitz has been operating worldwide and the "Berlitz Method" has helped more than 41 million people acquire a new language.
Abu Dhabi branch offers a variety of courses that can be customised to fit specific requirements.
For more information, kindly visit Berlitz website.
The British Council promotes cultural, scientific, technological and educational cooperation between the UK and the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi branch operates a range of English language courses and it has been specifically designed to help students have the best studying environment and make a real progress.
In addition, the Council promotes cultural events, exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops.
For more information, kindly visit British Council website.
Circolo Italiano is the first Italian centre to be established in the Gulf Region, specifically in Abu Dhabi, under the agreement between UAE and Italy in the sake of supporting the cultural diversity in the region.
Working closely with the Italian embassy, the association offers a variety of language courses which can comprise beginner to advanced levels, individually or in groups.
Goethe-Institut Liaison Office for the Gulf-Region
Goethe-Institut Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi offers German courses for beginners or those with some more advanced knowledge.
The institute also offers tailor-made courses for educational and corporate institutions in addition to information about studying German in Germany.
For more information, kindly visit Goethe-Institut Liaison website.
Korean Cultural Centre
The centre was established in 2016 in Abu Dhabi and managed by the Government of the Republic of South Korea and it aims at introducing Korean culture to the region and raise the cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The centre focuses on introducing Korean culture to the Emirati people including its language, art, food, craft, Taekwondo, it also aims to build friendly relationship between the two countries through various programmes run in the centre's facilities.
For more information, kindly visit Korean Cultural Centre website.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority website
Private Cultural and Language Institutions websites