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Al Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island is a natural island and a tourism-cultural project for nature and Emirati heritage and culture that is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The project is located in a large, low-lying island, 500 metres (1,600 ft) off the coast of Abu Dhabi island. A mixed commercial, residential, and leisure project is currently under construction on the island. When completed, Saadiyat Island is expected to become Abu Dhabi’s cultural centre, mostly for the Island’s Cultural District that is expected to include eight museums.

The island is five-minute drive away from downtown Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, and one hour from Dubai.

History of Al Saadiyat Island

In 2004, the government of the Abu Dhabi emirate initiated the development of Saadiyat Island as part of a comprehensive strategy to diversify the economy away from reliance on oil revenues. Overseeing the project was the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), established in 2006 by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, with a mandate to drive tourism-related initiatives across the emirate.

Since its inception, Saadiyat Island has emerged as a hub for world-class cultural institutions. Among its notable landmarks is the Louvre Abu Dhabi, masterfully designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The museum showcases a rich collection of ancient and contemporary artworks from diverse civilizations, spanning Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and the Middle East. Beyond its role as a repository of cultural treasures, the Louvre Abu Dhabi serves as a vibrant platform for educational programs, temporary exhibitions, and cultural events aimed at fostering cross-cultural dialogue and a deeper appreciation for the arts.

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