Abu Dhabi Arts Society


The Abu Dhabi Arts Society (ADAS,) is a UK-registered, Abu Dhabi based, non-profit organisation established in the year 2019.

About Us

ADAS is dedicated to promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of the community by supporting artists who bridge the cultural divide, unifying people and cultures of all backgrounds, and preserving the artistic heritage.

The inception of ADAS was inspired by extending honour to veteran Emirati poets & artists, promoting emerging artists from all nationalities and funding cultural projects.

The Abu Dhabi Arts Society focuses on inclusivity in the local arts community and builds bridges between cultural organisations from Abu Dhabi to the global landscape, encompassing visual arts, poetry and music.

Founder’s Statement

“Art and culture drives communities together. They enable intellectual and divine experiences that fortify communities, construct an individual identity, and showcase our creativity.

Abu Dhabi Arts Society has a concentrated vision to expand the knowledge of the rich Emirati heritage, its sustainability, and its transferal to our youth that enlighten the social heritage and succeed in empowerment of our national identity”

Dr Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi Founder: Abu Dhabi Arts Society

Our Commitment

  • To highlight the beauty of the Emirati culture through certain initiatives & special projects.

  • To promote non-Emirati and Emirati artists who might not necessarily find the right platform to pursue their careers.

  • To assemble historical projects that shed a light on the prominent figures that represent the past and the future of the UAE through fine arts, poetry, and other mediums.

  • To foster inclusivity in the traditional & emerging art communities and build bridges between cultural organizations from the United Arab Emirates to the world.

  • To encourage and promote collaboration and partnerships based on mutual appreciation as we engage with art enthusiasts of all demographics.

  • To support artistic creativity and participation in culture. This would include improving the development of the cultural cycle, cultural activities and cultural life, paying close attention to all segments of contemporary, cultural and artistic creativity in words, pictures, music and other artistic expressions.

  • To identify, evaluate and foster excellence is a priority. This will strengthen the foundation of cultural infrastructure and engagement in cultural life of the United Arab Emirates, and of Arabic art and culture in the global arena

United Arab Emirates:
A hub for Culture & Innovation

A visionary leader, The Late Sheikh Zayed, believed that a country that loses sight of its culture and heritage risks its present and future. While the cultural landscape in each emirate has developed independently during the past decades, a growing dependency and interdependency is becoming evident across the ecosystem.

In the past decade, the UAE has emerged as a regional arts centre with global reach, constructed by the efforts and achievements of individuals and institutions. Considered crucial to the economies of developed as well as developing countries, creative and cultural industries are counted among the most rapidly growing sectors worldwide. Aiming to utilize the potential for income generation, job creation, and export earnings inherent in the creative economy, the UAE has provided impetus to this sector through a focused plan, comprising policy, regulation, and special zones.

The creative domains are also critical drivers of innovation, the engine of growth in knowledge-based economies. Furthermore, they generate high-value skill-based employment and contribute to an enhanced quality of life.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven Emirates situated on the Arabian peninsula.

Meaning ‘Land of the Gazelle’ in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm (‘barasti’) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Any individual State, however prominent, cannot successfully face the challenges of the modern era except by enlightened scientific and cultural prosperity

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi

No matter how many buildings, foundations, schools and hospitals we build, or how many bridges we raise, all these are material entities. The real spirit behind progress is the human spirit, the able man with his intellect and capabilities can protect these foundations and who can progress and develop with them

H. H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The Founder of the UAE

The civilized, advanced nation we seek to build and the sustainable development we are keen to achieve both require concerted efforts from all sectors of the community and from all public and private entities and organisations. They required consistent and harmonious work in order to achieve our goals and promote and underpin our nation's status with its distinct role regionally and internationally

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

Our Team