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Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Cultural District set for completion in 2025

The construction progress of institutions in the Saadiyat Cultural District is currently at 76%. Here’s what you can look forward to…

Saadiyat Cultural District set for completion in 2025

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT-Abu Dhabi, described Saadiyat Cultural District as a symbol of ‘cultural hope’ during a recent press conference with local and international journalists, and revealed that Saadiyat Cultural District is on track for completion by 2025, which will put the island centre stage for both residents and visitors.

Saadiyat Cultural District honours the cultural legacy of Sheikh Zayed, who introduced the world to UAE history through archaeological discoveries. Starting with the Al Ain Museum in 1971 and the Cultural Foundation in 1981, Sheikh Zayed’s vision was carried forward by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Today, HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed are continuing to expand on this cultural legacy.

Saadiyat Cultural District is a hub for heritage, culture, and education, featuring various museums and art spaces that are all within walking distance of each other. This unique destination showcases a diverse collection of cultural attractions that highlight both global and regional heritage. With some attractions already open and more set to debut, the district will eventually house one of the largest concentrations of cultural institutions, offering visitors a world-class experience with a wealth of global talent.

What is currently open for tourists and residents?

Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi is a vibrant hub for arts and culture, featuring the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, which has welcomed 5 million visitors since opening in 2017.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum

The museum’s stunning architecture and diverse collections highlight artistic connections across different cultures. Berklee Abu Dhabi provides music and performing arts programmes, while Manarat Al Saadiyat serves as a centre for creative expression, hosting events like the Abu Dhabi Art and Culture Summit.

What can you look forward to?

The construction progress of institutions in the Saadiyat Cultural District is currently at 76%. Each institution within the Saadiyat Cultural District will uniquely contribute to the overall vision and ambitions of being a centre of knowledge, innovation and creativity.

Zayed National Museum

For instance, the Zayed National Museum will allow visitors to encounter an unparalleled collection of art and artefacts from the ancient and living cultures of the UAE and the region, and will honour the country’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed strongly in the role of knowledge and culture in nation-building.

Thereafter, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will offer an immersive exploration experience, while the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will take visitors on a journey through the universe and the planet’s history. Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be a pre-eminent platform for contemporary art and culture, presenting significant artistic achievements from the 1960s to the present.

Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, says, “Culture transcends mere connections; it shapes our very evolution and broadens our perspectives. Here in Abu Dhabi, we embrace this influence, fostering a deep appreciation that resonates throughout our community. The District will convey a message of cultural diversity that will become more powerful over time, creating global connections, inspiring cultural exchange, and fostering new ways of thinking to support the region, the global South and the world. Saadiyat Cultural District is somewhere people can come to learn from the past, understand our present and focus on our future.”