Floating 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is one of the city’s most shining crown jewels. Blending Emirati heritage with contemporary culture and tourism, the project hosts a colourful calendar of international events. From sporting matches to art exhibitions, the island is a fantastic place to experience the UAE from every angle.
A major redevelopment of Saadiyat Island is currently underway, with the intention of revitalising the area into Abu Dhabi’s keynote cultural centre. Once completed, the island will host eight museums, designed by prominent local and international architects such as Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.
Connected by a bridge, Saadiyat Island is a short 5-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, 20-minutes from the international airport and one hour from Dubai. Once on the island visitors can explore three unique precincts, the Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Beach District and Saadiyat Marina District.
In Arabic, the name “Saadiyat Island” translates to the “Island of Happiness”. This translation reflects the island’s multicultural influences, and its willingness to embrace a colourful mix of culture, art, leisure and tourism. For visitors wanting to escape the buzz of Abu Dhabi and immerse themselves in a project that’s inspired by culture, a trip to Saadiyat Island is a must.