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An island home to culture, beaches, hotels and a golf course

Just seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, the gorgeous, natural 27-square-kilometre Saadiyat Island has been undergoing a remarkable transformation into a world-class leisure, residential, business and cultural hub. It houses the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural assets, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and will include Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in the future. All of these stunning spaces have been designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winners. The island also boasts two gorgeous white-sand beaches (which protect critically endangered Hawksbill turtles), the competition-worthy Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and a collection of luxury hotels.

An Archipelago of Culture

First Universal Museum in Arabia

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi fosters a spirit of openness between cultures. Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, this art-lovers’ dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The structural masterpiece was designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and encompasses 9,200 square metres of galleries.

Capital of Creativity

Place of Enlightenment

Manarat Al Saadiyat brings Saadiyat's vision to life, encouraging visitors to connect. Meaning 'place of enlightenment' in Arabic, it hosts the Abu Dhabi Art fair and printmaking, self-portrait, theatre, figure drawing and robotics workshops. It also boasts comedy nights, sky-gazing, yoga, conferences, talks and film screenings.

On the Ball

Eco-conscious Golf Course

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the region’s first ocean course, offering the chance to spot dolphins at play in the Arabian Gulf. The Gary-Player-designed course respectfully harnesses the beachfront beauty, with total yardage starting at 5,290 and extending to 7,784 yards for pros.

Soak Up the Sun

Private Beach Club

Beach enthusiasts will love the exclusive Saadiyat Beach Club. It’s more than just a beach, with an outdoor swimming pool, workout room with fitness and wellness programmes, spa, sauna and steam rooms, kids' pool and play areas, and private cabanas and loungers set on white sand.

Insta-worthy Views

An Open Beach

Located on the island’s serene natural shores, the 400-metre Saadiyat Public Beach is a great spot for a day out. There are lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, lockers, changing rooms, towels, umbrellas, ample parking and lifeguards on duty, with the beach open all day.

Elegant at sea

Relax on a culture-chic island
Relax on a culture-chic island