To kick start 2024, AVANTGARDE (the global experience agency) created a unique one-of-a-kind venue in the cultural district on Saadiyat Island, in association with the Departure of Culture and Tourism.

Saadiyat Nights which marked Abu Dhabi’s first-ever open-air music series, brought together a month-long vibrant celebration of culture and global entertainment.  

The impressive Saadiyat Night stage design was the crème of the crop. Inspired by the dunes of  the UAE, the stage towered spectacularly over the island, with a seating capacity of 5,000. Mariah Carey performed on the opening night, followed by the legendary Googoosh, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Majida El Roumi, Alicia Keys, Tom Jones, and John Legend, creating moments that will be  etched in memory. 

AVANTGARDE Sets A New Precedent For Cutting Edge Design With Saadiyat Nights 

The AVANTGARDE team meticulously designed the space to visually captivate guests with its enchanting ambiance. The creation of the festival arena showcased top-notch craftsmanship, durability, exquisite and contemporary finishing. Visitors were greeted by captivating architecture and guided through an outdoor venue. This featured seating surrounded by lush  greenery, benches, and VIP lounges tailored for gatherings.  

Stunning alfresco dining areas were on offer and guests had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the surroundings, enveloped by the vibrant cultural district of Saadiyat  Island. This included, breathtaking vistas of the Sheikh Zayed Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. These specially designed dining spaces provided a heightened experience, allowing  visitors to appreciate the richness of the local culture of Saadiyat island.  

AVANTGARDE Sets A New Precedent For Cutting Edge Design With Saadiyat Nights 

Elizabeth O’Leary, Senior Experiential Designer, Imaan Naqvi, Concept Designer and Farah Al Hayek, Associate Art Director are AVANTGARDE’s female specialists who guided the creative team, in tandem with International Creative Director Philip Bucknell to conceptualize and  design the iconic venue. The full project management and execution was under AVANTGARDE’s  Account Director, Julian Phillips. 

Their innovative approach and dedication to skills have transformed this venue into a world class experience in Abu Dhabi.

Roberto Warnert, Managing Director at AVANTGARDE Middle East, said: “The female led  creative team has truly surpassed expectations, crafting an opulent experience that has set a  distinctive ambiance and provided a unique offering in Abu Dhabi. I am incredibly proud of their  exceptional delivery.” 

AVANTGARDE continues to be a pioneer in brand experiences, embracing the synergy between  culture, environmental influences, people and brands.  

AVANTGARDE Sets A New Precedent For Cutting Edge Design With Saadiyat Nights