The Venue


The St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi features the UAE’s largest pillarless ballroom, and it is the 3000 sqm space that will be the home to UNFOLD. The view from the ballroom is of the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf, yet the vista within the space will be altogether different, but nonetheless mesmeric. Stunning works of art will adorn the walls while impressive installations will draw attention in the foyer and throughout the room; in short, inspiration and artistic expression will be all around.

Its proximity to the Saadiyat Cultural District, the main location that will host a number of iconic art institutions including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Performing Arts Centre designed by Zaha Hadid and a Maritime Museum designed by architect Tadao Ando make it a natural choice as a venue.


The Middle East region remains an attractive market for High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs). Market research indicates there has been a significant growth in the number of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) entering the region since 2005, with the influx of UHNWIs expected to remain strong over the coming years.

Within this region, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the midst of a magnificent cultural development drive. The opening of the Dubai Opera in September 2016 signaled a new era for performing arts in the country, while the Louvre Abu Dhabi is expected to open late 2017. 

In combination, these developments reveal the UAE’s goal to be at the heart of the Middle East art scene and to become a key international arts destination.

24-28 January 2018
St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

24-28 January 2018
St. Regis Saadiyat Island,
Abu Dhabi