The new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, the 450,000-square-foot museum will house its own major modern and contemporary art collection and present special exhibitions that will include works from the Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive collection. The museum, the largest Guggenheim in the world, will have global art, exhibitions, and education programs with particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi joins other leading international cultural institutions in the unprecedented creation of a vibrant cultural destination for visitors from around the world.
Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation. In 2004, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) commissioned the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to make Saadiyat Island a world-class leisure, residential, business, and tourist center of global proportions, all the while maintaining an environmentally sensitive philosophy. Just seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and twenty minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Saadiyat Island will be reached by two major highway bridges linking it with the mainland. This unique place will offer an entirely new experience to the discerning traveler. Saadiyat is a multi-faceted island offering a great variety of attractions to many different people. With seven distinct districts—Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Beach, Saadiyat Retreat, Saadiyat Reserve, Saadiyat Marina, Saadiyat Promenade, and Saadiyat Lagoons—it is a thriving business hub for international commerce, a relaxed waterfront home for residents, a cultural magnet for arts aficionados, a home for dazzling architectural icons, a pristine beachfront tourism destination, and a focal point for compelling sporting experiences. With major institutions designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects—Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid—Saadiyat Island will be an irresistible magnet attracting the world to Abu Dhabi.