Friday, August 17, 2007

Saadiyat Island being developed as an international tourism destination

Saadiyat Island, which is the largest mixed-use development in the Gulf, lies 500 meters away from the Abu Dhabi. The Arabic translation of the word 'Saadiyat' is referred to as the "Island of happiness."

The natural island with 27 square kilometer in space is in the process of being developed as a tourist and residential destination.

Saadiyat is one among the most important development opportunities that the capital has ever had in its history.

The island with a waterfront that stretches about 30kms, has natural eco-features including the mangrove forests, and is being developed as an international tourism destination.

Developers say that this will mark a new era in the rapid evolution of Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat is being planned to be developed in three phases and is scheduled for completion by 2018.

The master-plan includes seven individual districts, 29 hotels, including a seven-star property, cultural centers, museums, three marinas with space for about 1000 boats, and two golf courses.

One course will be one of the first Gary Player Signature courses in the UAE, with beachfront holes - civic and leisure amenities, villas, apartments with sea-views, and more, in the prime real estate.

Saadiyat is expected to house a community of 150,000 people or more. It will be linked to the Abu Dhabi main island, through two freeways with ten lanes, which makes Saadiyat more accessible to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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