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Culture hubs mushrooming in Arab world

Culture hubs mushrooming in Arab world

Among the artifacts at the “Splendours of Mesopotamia” exhibit at the Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi is a 5,000-year-old receipt for clothing. The UAE is spending billions to develop its capital into the sort of global center that Mesopotamia’s cities once were. Chief among those projects is the Saadiyat Island cultural district, located on a redeveloped island just 500 meters away from the main Abu Dhabi island.

Prince Mohamed Bolkiah attended a dinner reception

Prince Mohamed Bolkiah attended a dinner reception

His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, last night joined fellow heads of delegation in a tour of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA exhibitions and attended a dinner at the Manaret Sa’diyat.

RAK Ruler briefed on Zayed National Museum project

RAK Ruler briefed on Zayed National Museum project

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, received at the Al Dhait Palace here today a delegation from the Tourism Development ‘&’ Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi, who briefed him on the Zayed National Museum project which is coming up at the Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

State of the art

State of the art

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has proved the most controversial of the Saadiyat projects, provoking vivid protests among dissenters in France who were dismayed to see the distinguished museum’s brand sold to the highest bidder. Aoun-Abdo says the criticism was based on “misinformation”, bridling when she hears references to Abu Dhabi’s “branch” of the Louvre. “That is totally wrong,” she says animatedly. “It is the Louvre Abu Dhabi. How can we have a branch of the Louvre, today in the 21st century?

 Case Study: Zayed National Museum

Case Study: Zayed National Museum

Unveiled by HRH Queen Elizabeth during a state visit to the United Arab Emirates in November 2010, the Zayed National Museum is the latest project by Foster + Partners in Abu Dhabi, and one of a number of landmark projects on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. With a total built up area of 66,000m2 around a 4,386m2 central atrium, the Zayed National Museum tells the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Work has already begun on site, with the museum slated for completion by 2014.

Art Fair Illustrates Abu Dhabi's Commitment to Culture

Art Fair Illustrates Abu Dhabi’s Commitment to Culture

Since 2006, when it signed agreements with the Guggenheim Foundation and the Louvre to establish world-class museums on the nearby island of Saadiyat, the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, has placed culture high on its public agenda.

Scholarships in museum studies for 150 students

Scholarships in museum studies for 150 students

The scholarship programme, which will include bachelor and master’s degrees in history, culture and heritage and major in Museum Studies, will be given to select 50 students every year from 2010-2011 academic year to 2012-2013. In addition to the scholarship, the TDIC will also provide employment to the students, upon successful completion of their studies, to work in the museums which are being constructed in the Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District.

Last chance to see Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim vision

Last chance to see Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim vision

Residents have until tomorrow to snatch a glimpse ofwhat Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim Museum is going to look like. Unlike the much smaller model that has been on display in the Emirates Palace hotel, the new version gives viewers a detailed look at the museum’s atriums and exhibition galleries. The model was shipped directly from the architect Frank Gehry’s office in Los Angeles and has been on display at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat island since then, but tomorrow at 8pm the exhibit closes.