Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Saadiyat Island to be a flag-ship project of the emirate

Saadiyat Island, better known as 'island of happiness', is a 27 Sq Kms natural island development, lying 500 kms off-Abu Dhabi coast, and the flagship development of the UAE Capital. The project, which is due for completion by 2018, is created based on an eco-sensitive philosophy with a special low-density masterplan.

Being a leading island destination, the Saadiyat will be a modern, integrated residential community, and will be home to 150,000 residents with a complete range of civic, cultural, leisure and tourism amenities. Two iconic causeways will link Abu Dhabi city to Saadiyat, one of which will operate a light rail system, and the other will be a bridge stretching 10kms, making it a five minute drive from the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat will be developed around seven districts comprising 29 hotels, an iconic seven-star development, 3 marinas, mooring for 1000 yacths, 2 golf courses, arts and culture hub, and 19kms beachfront, apart from residential developments and leisure amenities.

Saadiyat will also be home to five major cultural institutions, designed so as to host international art and cultural fairs and events. The institutions are 'The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi', 'The Louvre Abu Dhabi', 'The Performing Arts Center', 'The Maritime Museum' and 'The Sheikh Zayed National Museum'. The cultural district of Saadiyat will also house an iconic seven star hotel, quayside, hotel accommodation, exclusive villas, hotel accommodation, green parks and retail opportunities and harbor.

Apart from the said, the Saadiyat Island will include the Saadiyat beach, the South beach and the Marina District.

Dr. Allen Greenspan, the Former Chairman of Board of Governors, Federal Reserve, USA made a visit to Abu Dhabi recently to attend an exhibition at Emirates Palace, devoted to Cultural District of Saadiyat Island. Dr. Greenspan was accompanied by HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority & Tourism Development & Investment Company, the company behind transforming the Saadiyat Island to a flagship cultural, leisure and residential destination.

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