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Stepping Forward on Abu Dhabi's Art Island

Construction is underway on Saadiyat Island. The atoll off the coast of Abu Dhabi is seen by developers as a new artistic oasis in the middle east. But some question whether the plan will pay off.
August 26, 2009, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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Major museums and art spaces are planned for the small island, which is seeing more than $27 billion worth of investment.

"By 2013, the capital of the United Arab Emirates will boast an offshoot of the Louvre, a new Guggenheim museum, a National Museum inspired by the British Museum, a performing arts centre designed by the British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, several art schools, and various pavilions and other cultural franchises that will be able to host temporary exhibitions from around the world. A 10-lane bridge will bring millions of visitors to this meticulously planned development. More than 40million people travel through the UAE each year; there is a market to be seized."

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Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in Telegraph
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