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Louvre construction will kick off Saadiyat transformation

Louvre construction will kick off Saadiyat transformation

The moment building begins on the much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi will mark a major milestone in the development of Saadiyat Island as a cultural destination. Having a branch of the prestigious museum is an achievement in itself, but this building is part of an even larger scheme.

Golf: Future Centre Kids urged to ‘try golf’

Golf: Future Centre Kids urged to ‘try golf’

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi welcomed the Future Centre For Special Needs to a “try golf” session at the Gary Player designed course on Saadiyat Island. A total of 11 schoolchildren, the majority having never picked up a golf club before, got to try the sport under the supervision of PGA Professionals, Franco Botha and Nicole Tilley.

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?

Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island

Look west across a scattering of islands from Yas Marina and you will see a larger, triangular land mass, a 27-square-kilometer sanctuary just 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi City. This is Saadiyat Island (“Island of Happiness”), a nondescript patch of land that is currently a mixture of building sites and unremarkable low-rise housing, but that in the next few years will oversee the single most important development in world culture.

Abu Dhabi reports 29% increase in Saudi tourists

Abu Dhabi reports 29% increase in Saudi tourists

Abu Dhabi’s leisure offering has been boosted this year by the opening of two 18-hole championship-ready golf courses. The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, on the signature Saadiyat Island, is the Arabian Gulf’s only “ocean” course, designed by Gary Player. Yas Links, on Yas Island was designed by Kyle Phillips and has eight holes running along the coastline with all 18 holes having fabulous Arabian Gulf views.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club unveils Frank Gehry designed clubhouse

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club unveils Frank Gehry designed clubhouse

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the Abu Dhabi-based master developer of Saadiyat Island and its Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, unveiled plans for a Frank Gehry-designed clubhouse – the world-renowned architect’s first golf-related project.