A burgeoning hub of culture, leisure and enjoyment for Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is the brand new home of some incredible world-class museums and attractions. The completion of a vast new development on the island is set to firmly place this among the list of must-see locations for all visitors to the United Arab Emirates.
The picturesque and idyllic Saadiyat Island, whose name translates as ‘Happiness Island’ in Arabic, sits just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Huge investment has seen the island’s natural beauty complemented with man-made attractions and cultural destinations, and it is well on the way to becoming one of the region’s trendiest new holiday hot spots. Gleaming new hotels, museums and restaurants have all been constructed with the environment and sustainable development firmly in mind, proving that luxury tourism doesn’t have to come at the expense of the natural world. Conservationists have worked hard to ensure that the island’s mangrove forest and native turtle habitat has been protected and preserved.
Central to Saadiyat Island’s new cultural district are three breathtaking new institutions of global significance. The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi both bring the partnership of major international galleries to the incredible island, while the region’s own growing cultural and historical influences are reflected in the Sheikh Zayed National Museum. A new performing arts centre and maritime museum create an unparalleled concentration of cultural experiences and delights.
Elsewhere on Saadiyat Island you can enjoy a beach and promenade, complete with beach clubs, boardwalks and even a championship golf course – while the island’s tidal lagoons and reserves showcase more of the island’s natural beauty.
The high standards of new cultural attractions are matched only by the island’s incredible range of quality accommodation, including some of the most advanced and luxurious hotels in the world. Fine dining can be enjoyed at a plethora of wonderful restaurants serving up local and international cuisine, before a visit to one of the island’s ultra-trendy new bars. This incredible and unique combination of attractions and facilities ensure that, for every single visitor, Happiness Island will truly live up to its name.
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