Culture under construction in the United Arab Emirates
A future-focused cultural district made up of four museums and a performing arts center will be built on a manmade island off the coast of Abu Dhabi by 2017.
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. — • A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
The future-focused Manarat Al Saadiyat museum displays a model for a new cultural district made up of four museums and a performing arts center. The district, expected to be completed by 2017, is being built on Saddiyat Island, a man-made island about 500 yards off the coast of Abu Dhabi. It will include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by Frank Gehry, composed of conical and rectangular towers; The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, featuring a massive white dome with palm tree cutouts; and The Zayed National Museum, designed by Lord Norman Foster, with steel towers curved like birds’ wings.
The government hopes to draw tourists looking for culture amid beach luxury.
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