The Saadiyat Island is 27 square kilometers of sprawling culture and heritage blended harmoniously with the goal of keeping nature thriving. All of the island’s development revolve around cultural experiences and nature at its finest.
This futuristic island is changing Abu Dhabi’s art scene while preserving many environmental aspects. Also known as the ‘Island of Happiness’, it is divided into three districts depending on the purpose. Also checkout our recent article about ultimate things to do in Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Cultural District
Taking up a minute portion of the island, this district should not be underestimated because of its size. With many Internationally acclaimed museums scheduled to open up in this land, the cultural district will revolutionize the culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi and transform it to an international art hub in the Middle East.
The Louvre and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi are under construction to encourage International art appreciation in Abu Dhabi while the Sheikh Zayed National Museum and the Abu Dhabi performing Arts centre will transform the local cultural scene. Anyone who is craving to experience the Louvre and Guggenheim and can’t wait until their opening should visit the Manarat Al Saadiyat which showcases temporary exhibitions.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s architectural elements harmoniously sync with the sea and has agreed to display around 300 artworks throughout its 30 year deal with the Louvre France. The Guggenheim manages to help Abu Dhabi bag the record of being the largest Guggenheim museum in the world.
Paying tribute to Abu Dhabi’s nautical history is the Maritime Museum that pulls Emirati architectural elements and styles. The museum will showcase Abu Dhabi’s sea-faring heritage, as well as tools of other nautical professions. Saadiyat Island’s cultural district will enlighten you with the magnificence of art and architecture.
Saadiyat Beach District
Aiming to become a mainstream tourist destination, the nine kilometer stretch of pristine beach is home to the Gary player designed Golf course. The dunes of soft white sand enhances the golf experience and customizes it to an utterly Saadiyat memory. The leisure front is also improving with five star hotels and a beach club with many facilities.
To truly enjoy the island head to the Saadiyat public beach where you can relax with the sound of the gentle waves and drench your feet in the turquoise waters. The facilities in the beachfront include showers, changing rooms, lockers, bathrooms, lounge chairs, parking and lifeguards.
A tiny dose of surprise awaits when you encounter the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, an endangered turtle species that breeds and is being conserved in Saadiyat Island.
Saadiyat Island is merely a five minute drive away from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. If you are driving down from Dubai then it might take an hour to get here.
The Saadiyat Island is open all day every day for a visitors from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM.
General admission is AED 25 for adults and AED 15 for kids above six years of age.