Culture is synonymous with Cranleigh and Saadiyat Island. Our motto, Ex Cultu Robur (From Culture Comes Strength) reflects the significance we attribute to developing cultural experiences for all our children.

Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Design combine to form an important and integral part of school life. Every term the school calendar includes regular formal and informal concerts, presentations and events. We also work very closely with Cranleigh UK and run Music Exchanges on a bi-annual basis where children from the two schools work together through workshops and performances to celebrate and develop their musical skills.

Saadiyat is already the cultural hub of Abu Dhabi and, with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, NYUAD’s Arts Center and the Manarat Al Saadiyat culture and arts centre all within minutes of our campus, Cranleigh pupils benefit from regular arts and performance opportunities. 

In its review of Best Schools for Performing Arts, named us the top school across Abu Dhabi and Dubai saying: ‘We believe that Cranleigh Abu Dhabi has opened a door through which other schools and students will seek to follow and created an opportunity for the Performing Arts within the Education sector to achieve the recognition and value they merit.’

From the earliest years, there are opportunities to participate in small studio productions, dramatic presentations, or in fully staged plays. Older pupils tackle challenging dramatic projects with vigour, stretching their boundaries of imagination and physical expression.See below for some examples of projects, workshops and performances our pupils have been involved in.


Saadiyat Island Cultural District

The cultural life of the school is set against the unique backdrop of Saadiyat Island, with its iconic world-class cultural facilities. The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in November 2017 and plans are in place for the development of the Zayed National Museum, and the Guggeinheim Abu Dhabi. The Manarat Al Saadiyat is located opposite the Senior School and NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arts Center is just a few minutes drive away.