The Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Located in Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates of which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is comprised, Saadiyat Island (meaning “island of happiness”) will be home to a cultural district rivaling that of many of the world’s major cities upon its completion.
Planned cultural attractions include eight museums, which will be designed by some of the world’s most prominent architects: a new branch of the Louvre (the first to open outside of France); the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, which will be designed by Foster+Partners to house galleries dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of the UAE; and a Guggenheim museum designed by Frank Gehry which, at 320,000 square feet, will be the largest Guggenheim museum in the world.
The cultural district of Saadiyat Island will also house a maritime museum, exhibition space with room for 19 exhibits, and a performing arts center. When it is complete, Saadiyat Island will be the site of numerous educational, sporting, leisure, and residential facilities, including New York University Abu Dhabi, which will provide up to 2,000 students from the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries with quality undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities.