Zayed National Museum



Just 500m off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is poised to become a truly special place. A timeless place born out of collective inspiration, Saadiyat Island will be a destination experience of rich depth and diversity.

In its essence Saadiyat Island is a multi-faceted island destination offering a great variety of attractions to many different people. A buzzing business hub for international commerce; a relaxed waterfront home for residents; a cultural magnet for arts aficionados; the home of dazzling Architectural icons; a pristine beachfront tourism destination and a focal point for compelling sporting experiences. It will also be the only place in the world to house architecture designed by five individual Pritzker Prize winners. Saadiyat Island will be an irresistible magnet attracting the world to Abu Dhabi- and taking Abu Dhabi to the world.

Undoubtedly Saadiyat Island's most talked-about asset, Saadiyat Cultural District is a shining beacon on the international arts and culture horizon. With its blend of global art and stunning architectural icons, Saadiyat Cultural District will fuel the imagination, foster interaction, and encourage people of all backgrounds to embrace a common bond of creativity.

The Foster + Partners designed Zayed National Museum will honour the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and will provide a new source of inspiration to the world. Frank Gehry's stunning conical shapes form the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which will house a spectrum of modern and contemporary works. The spectacular dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, will house a broad historical and geographical canvas with thematic exhibitions and special programmes. The Performing Arts Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid, will be a hub of cutting-edge theatre, music and dance from around the world whilst Tadao Ando's Maritime Museum will pay tribute to the nation's sea-faring history.

Saadiyat Cultural District are wholly committed to developing and sustaining world-class artistic programmes within Abu Dhabi, with the primary aim of making the UAE capital a regional and international hub for culture and the arts, in line with the Abu Dhabi Government's vision.

The programmes are aimed to encourage appreciation and foster understanding of the arts within the local community as well as showcasing the work of local artists and nurturing UAE talent in the lead up to the opening of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District.

"The prosperity that we have witnessed has taught us to build our country with education and knowledge and nurture generations of educated men and women." The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.