Abu Dhabi's Aggrandizement
Impressive additions to Abu Dhabi’s tourism offerings make it a destination on the rise
One of the 200 islands that make up Abu Dhabi – Saadiyat Island – has become the city’s cultural hub, brimming with cafés, boutiques, and nightlife. Beach clubs that take advantage of the area’s alluring white sands and azure waters are already in abundance, but construction plans for several luxury hotels, island resorts, and iconic institutions exist as well.
Art-lovers are eagerly anticipating the 2014/5 and 2017 openings of Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi respectively. With their famous architects, multi-million dollar construction price tags, and names that precede them, expectations are high. Add in a new performing arts center, a steel-paneled pavilion designed to emulate sand dunes (and earmarked as the venue for the burgeoning Abu Dhabi Art Fair), plus the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, and you’ve got one rapidly-growing skyline that’s bound to be a destination hotspot.