Saadiyat Island is showing the future of Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: A U.A.E. paper has said that when former U.S. president Bill Clinton gives the commencement address on May 25 to the first class to graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi, his words will be just part of the message being delivered. “The location of the inaugural graduation, at the university’s new Saadiyat Island campus, will also form a statement that the grand plans for the island are coming to fruition.”, said The National in its editorial on Monday.

Similarly, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s distinctive “rain of light” roof is now taking shape in the island’s Cultural District. An exhibition of 160 items from the museum’s burgeoning permanent art collection is being held in the Louvre in Paris ahead of the Abu Dhabi opening in time for National Day next year. This story is being repeated across the island, with hotels, residential complexes and beach clubs all starting operations.

“This incremental progress belies the fact that the island only became accessible to the public a little over four years ago, when the Sheikh Khalifa motorway, linking Abu Dhabi port to Yas Island, was opened for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Formula One in 2009. After years of planning, the future of Abu Dhabi is finally becoming clear on Saadiyat Island”, the paper concluded.