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The Saadiyat Cultural District

On Saadiyat Island, a huge cultural centre is in the process of rising up from the ground, thanks to an ambitious development project. Prestigious international architects have been asked to design its main buildings: Jean Nouvel for the Abu Dhabi Louvre, due to open in 2016, Frank Gehry for the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster for the National Sheikh Zayed Museum, which will introduce visitors to the history of the Emirates, Zaha Hadid for the Performing Arts Centre and Tadao Ando for the Maritime Museum. There is also a huge concert gall, while Manarat Al Saadiyat has already hosted the first ever Abu Dhabi Art, a huge international exhibition.

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