Korean Cultural Center in the United Arab Emirates (KCCUAE) was established in March 2016 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea opened the KCC as part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the UAE and South Korea in March 2015 which considers Abu Dhabi a key cultural hub in the MENA region that is home to leading cultural projects and companies from around the globe.
KCCUAE, the first of its kind in the GCC, is one of 29 branches in cities around the world, including New York, New Delhi, Tokyo and Egypt, with headquarters in Seoul, the South Korean capital.
The Korean Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi focuses on spreading Korean culture, including cultural treasures hologram displays, Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) virtual fitting, a virtual centre screening of media, art and video communication, a media library, virtual reality experiences, an exhibition of multiple convergence contents, and media art projecting Korean cuisine in the Korean halal food zone.
The Centre features a number of zones including the Traditional Zone, the Cultural Industries Zone, the Korean Crafts Displays Zone, and the Korean Halal Food Zone; all of which are located on the first floor of the centre.
1- Traditional Experience Zone: Resembling Korean traditional house called Hanok, this area lets visitors to experience Korean traditions.
2- ICT Hall: ICT hall exhibits various media contents and IT technology of Korea, featuring Media Library where you could stream Korean media contents and Virtual Center where you could communicate with the similar facilities in Korea.
3- Arirang Hall: Exhibitions and performances are held in Arirang Hall.
4- Korean Food: This room displays Korean halal certified foods and holds cooking classes.
5- Library: Library holds over 1,500 books and 100 DVDs on Korea.
6- Seminar rooms: Korean language courses and cultural classes are held in 4 different seminar rooms culture.
7- Hanmadang: More active cultural classes such as Taekwondo are held in Hanmadang.
* The Korean Cultural Centre is located on the 1st and 2nd floor of Building 5 of TwoFour54 Campus, just behind the Ministry of Labour building.
* Because of its location, parking is problematic, so either take a taxi, or ask at security in the foyer for an access card to basement parking (you will need some sort of ID for this). The cultural centre has a couple of parking spaces in Basement 1, so check if any of these are available at the time of your visit. Be careful where you park, as you may well come back after a lovely visit to a parking ticket.
* Opening times: Sunday – Thursday (9am – 6pm)