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Saadiyat Island—or “Island of Happiness”—embodies Abu Dhabi's vision to be a regional cultural center. The island’s Cultural District will include eight museums housed in buildings designed by world-renowned architects such as Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.
This district will transform Abu Dhabi, the biggest of the United Arab Emirates, into an international arts capital. Major establishments will include:
The rest of Saadiyat Island also will offer residential, leisure and sporting facilities. The campus of New York University-Abu Dhabi will be housed on the island as well.
Consistent with Abu Dhabi’s sustainability standards, Saadiyat Island has been planned around an eco-sensitive philosophy with a special low-density masterplan that won’t damage the environmental heritage.