Just a five-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi and one hour from Dubai, the 27-square kilometre island, which will be divided into seven districts, is located 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi city.
Linked to the mainland by two major highway bridges, Saadiyat Island is being developed to become a world-class leisure, residential, business and cultural hub, and promises to be a cultural haven for art aficionados.
Upon completion, it is set to become the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions, which will include Zayed National Museum (opening 2016), the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Opening 2017), Louvre Abu Dhabi (opening 2015), a performing arts centre and maritime museum. Not only will these cultural institutions house art masterpieces, but having been designed by architectural greats like Lord Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and Tado Andao, the buildings themselves will undoubtedly be unique works of art.
In addition to its mesmerizing array of artistic institutions boasting world-class architectural styles, Saadiyat Island, which literally means the ‘Island of Happiness’, will also feature a beachfront tourist destination with several five-star hotels, resort-like waterfront homes for more than 145,000 residents, ocean-view golf courses, a New York University campus, and a bustling business hub, all designed and built with a stout environmental consciousness.
The Saadiyat Island project is in various stages of completion with the the region’s first championship beachfront golf course, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, already open since January 2010. Jawaher Al Saadiyat, a collection of 10 luxury show villas was open to the public from April 17th.
For more information about the status of the project go to: www.saadiyat.ae
MANARAT AL SAADIYAT
Manarat Al Saadiyat
means ‘the place of Enlightenment’. It is a 15,400 square metre arts and culture centre, designed to bring the vision of the island to life through The Saadiyat Story. The venue also features four gallery spaces.
Located on Saadiyat, this artistic venue houses TDIC exhibitions with international collections from around the world, including three major galleries, a central events gallery, sales centre, 250-seat theatre, and restaurant.
Open daily from 10am – 8pm
Entrance is complimentary.
SAADIYAT ISLAND CULTURAL DISTRICT EXHIBITION
The exhibition held at the Emirates Palace showcases the development plans for the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island. With stunning live-sized models of the Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, a performing arts centre and maritime museum, this exhibition is an absolute must-see.
It is open daily from 10am to 10pm and entrance is free.
THE FOLKLORE GALLERY
One of the oldest art and picture framing galleries in Abu Dhabi, the Folklore Gallery has a large display of local art and pottery.
It is located on Zayed 1st Street in Khalidiya.
Call +971 02 6660361 or e-mail: email@example.com
for more information.
HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY
Featuring a wide array of art work, prints, photographs and crafts by local artists, Hemisphere on Khalifa Street also hosts regular exhibitions, events and even art classes.
For more information, call +971 2 676 8614.
GHAF ART GALLERY
Located near Khalidiyah Gardens, this trendy gallery hosts exhibitions featuring both local and international artists.
For more information, call +971 2 665 5332.