Berklee College of Music

The Department of Culture and Tourism- Abu Dhabi, introduces the first Middle East outpost of Berklee College of Music: the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts.

Berklee Abu Dhabi offers world-class educational experiences through workshops, masterclasses, courses, ensembles and labs, all led by world-renowned artists and instructors. We also host live performances from students, alumni and global artists.

Its home in the UAE Pavilion’s newly renovated 42,000-square-foot arts education centre on Saadiyat Island has a performance space, a recording studio, rehearsal studios, practice rooms, ensemble rooms and a multimedia tech lab.

This partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism also encompasses $5 million in fellowships, representing the single largest scholarship program in Berklee’s history, through which students from the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region will be given opportunities to attend Berklee College of Music; Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain; Berklee Online; and summer programs, and to have an impact on the life of Berklee internationally. 

Berklee Abu Dhabi magazine

Programs offered at the center in Abu Dhabi will serve local and regional students of all ages with ensembles, private instruction, a recording studio, and instruction in production, songwriting, dance, theater, and more. The programs will not be degree-granting, nor include courses for college credit.

Visit to learn more about the programs that will be offered at the Berklee Abu Dhabi Center.

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