Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation. In 2004, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (formerly known as Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority) 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 multifaceted 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.