Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saadiyat Island- Abu Dhabi, UAE

A future tourist destination, not yet completed, and home to dolphins and turtles, is Saadiyat Island, just 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi. This island has it all, accommodation, a nature reserve, cultural aspects, business, and various activities. The island just 15 minutes from the Abu Dhabi airport and an hour from Dubai is reached via two highway bridges.
What caught my attention about this island is that the world's largest museum, Louvre is going to open a branch in the island! I'm having mixed feeling about this mainly because I love the Musee de Louvre, I can't imagine that there will be another even if it has different display collections. Still the name!! I won't complain more, just because I love museums and having one less than 2 hours away from me (transportation wise in plane or car) is unbelievably! The Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Architect Jean Nouve is estimated to open in 2013.
Other museums include:
Shaikh Zayed National Museum (2012)
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2013) designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.
There's a golf course which have already been completed. The gulf's very first water front golf course.

New York University will be opening a campus there!!

The Promenade district is family friendly. It has the hotels, shopping, restaurants, leisure and entertainment facilities.

Saadiyat Marina will be the commercial area with apartment and a vibrant nightlife. It includes the Maritime Museum designed by one of my favorite architectures, Tadao Ando!
9 five star hotel resorts will be opening in Saadiyat Island including:
St. Regis Hotel & Residences (2011)
Saadiyat Rotana Hotel & Resort (2011)
Park Hyatt Resort (2011)
Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences
Shangri-La Hotel


  1. Wow. They keep moving forward.

    Can't wait to see that museum.

  2. Great architecture! Real Estate Abu Dhabi is really exceeding in business.