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Old June 27th, 2006, 07:32 AM   #41
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TDIC issues Saadiyat Bridge tender
[Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:43:00 am]

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the tourism asset development arm of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, has issued an international tender for the construction of a 10-lane highway bridge linking the UAE capital with Saadiyat Island – the 27 square kilometre island lying 500 metres offshore Abu Dhabi city.

The tender has been issued to 10 international and local/international joint venture contractors which pre-qualified for the project, one of the biggest infrastructure developments in the capital city.

The project includes civil, electrical and mechanical works for a two kilometre, at-grade10-lane freeway road connecting Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed area with Saadiyat Island and the main, 1.5 kilometre long bridge and two, 200 metre off ramps on the island.

“We anticipate making the contract award within the next two months with an eye on construction commencing in the final quarter of this year,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Managing Director, TDIC. “When complete, access provided by this main bridge will result in a five-minute drive from Abu Dhabi city to Saadiyat.” Construction of the bridge – which will be the main gateway to Saadiyat Island, which is being transformed into a strategic international tourism destination – is expected to take around 36 months to complete.

“The bridge has been designed as a concrete box girder carrying five lanes of traffic in each direction as well as two future passenger rail system tracks and will be built using segmental technology,” explained Lee Tabler, CEO, TDIC.

The development of Saadiyat Island is the flagship project of TDIC. The destination – which translates from Arabic into Island of Happiness – will be developed in three phases until completion until 2018. Half the size of the tropical island of Bermuda, Saadiyat is the Middle East’s largest single natural island development.

A second 10-lane freeway is also planned to link Saadiyat Island with the Abu Dhabi-Dubai expressway meaning the island will be only a 25 kilometre drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

TDIC is responsible for the basic infrastructure and utilities on Saadiyat Island including bridges, primary roads, parks and community facilities to the parcel lines of individual investors and developers.
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ADNH to build AED 700 million Saadiyat Island
[Sunday, July 2, 2006 2:06:00 pm]



Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH), a leading hospitality group with interests spanning tourism, transportation and catering, is to invest around AED 700 million (US $190 million) in a five-star destination resort on Saadiyat Island – the natural island lying 500 metres offshore from the UAE capital city.

The resort will be built on the island’s secluded Saadiyat Beach district with ADNH purchasing an 807,000 square feet plot for the project from Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the tourism asset development arm of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).

“This will be a flagship addition to the growing ADNH portfolio,” said Khalifa Nasser Huwaileel Al Mansoori, Chairman, ADNH, “and we are pleased to be one of the first partners in this ambitious Saadiyat Island development.”

The resort will boast a 400,000 square feet hotel with around 400 rooms and will be managed by an international hotel operator. “We anticipate making further announcements, including details of the design, selected architects and operator, in the not too distant future,” said Al Mansoori. “We expect construction to begin in the first quarter of next year with the resort opening in the second quarter of 2009.”

The ADNH resort will have a unique setting overlooking a 300 metre-wide beach.

“The unique environment of Saadiyat Island and its beaches present special opportunities to hotel and resort developers,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Managing Director, TDIC, “Directly behind the ADNH plot beachfront lie a series of natural sand dunes and fauna.

“Guests will access the resort beaches by a series of boardwalks and pathways that will meander through the picturesque dune environment. Once on the beach, visitors will experience a completely natural setting that is only a few minutes walk from their hotel rooms.”

ADNH plans to create a resort in harmony with nature while providing premium luxury hospitality.

“ADNH has a long history of catering to high-end hotel clientele and we anticipate our Saadiyat Beach development will cement our reputation for delivering projects of excellence,” added Al Mansoori.

TDIC says it has chosen only a few select developers for projects on Saadiyat Beach and has established strict development criteria for the area. “Our aim for Saadiyat Beach is to have highly landscaped resorts that are secluded and private. Development concepts for the beach must take into consideration the natural environment as well as offering hotel guests recreational amenities and entertainment on a par with the world’s best resort settings. ADNH was selected for development because we were extremely impressed with its approach and concept,” said Al Muhairi.

Saadiyat Beach, which lies to the north west of Saadiyat Island, is masterplanned to produce a range of five-star resorts flanking nine kilometres of pristine beach, a championship golf course with freehold villas, dedicated sailing club and private beach clubs, all creating a celebrity see-and-be-seen atmosphere.

Saadiyat Island, which translates from Arabic as ‘Island of Happiness,’ is to be developed in three phases from 2006-2018. Half the size of the tropical island of Bermuda, Saadiyat is the Middle East’s largest single natural island development.

Enabling works to clear the ground for infrastructure development of the island are now underway and an international tender has been issued for the building of a 10-lane highway bridge linking the capital city with Saadiyat Island.
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Another first for Abu Dhabi, and the UAE...


Abu Dhabi to build Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum [Saturday, July 8, 2006 2:26:00 pm]



Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Gulf has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New York-based Guggenheim Foundation to establish a world-class museum devoted to modern and contemporary art. To be called the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD), the museum, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, will position the emirate as a leading international cultural destination.

At 30,000 square metres, the Abu Dhabi museum will be the only Guggenheim museum in the region and will be larger than any existing Guggenheim worldwide. It is expected that the museum will be constructed within five years.

The museum will form its own major collection of contemporary art and will also exhibit masterworks from the Guggenheim Foundation’s global collections. The museum will be built in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island – a natural island lying 500 metres offshore the UAE capital which is being transformed into an international tourism destination. The Cultural District will also be home to a national museum, classical art museum, maritime museum, performing arts centre and an expansive arts centre park. “Today’s signing represents the determination of the Abu Dhabi Government to create a world-class cultural destination for its residents and visitors,” said HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and member of the Executive Council. “It also demonstrates the commitment of UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to demonstrably establish this emirate as a quality destination of international standing, one capable of achieving and maintaining relationships with the very highest calibre of global partners.

“This is a major step forward in our plans for Saadiyat Island and its Cultural District which will become an international cultural hub for the Middle East on par with the best in the world. The signing also represents a significant development in the creation and nurturing of international cultural ties which we believe will do much to forge greater understanding between all nations.”

Thomas Krens, Director of the Guggenheim Foundation, said the signing reflects the visionary spirit and forward-looking approach that are the Guggenheim’s hallmarks.

“Our commitment to international communication and global cultural exchange - realised through our museums, collections, and programmes - is inclusive. The Guggenheim implicitly regards all contemporary cultures and their traditions as potential partners in the field of aesthetic discourse - we are both respectful of difference and excited by it.

We also believe that the Middle East is one of the world’s most important emerging regions in terms of contemporary culture.

“In Abu Dhabi,” Krens continued, “we have had the good fortune to discover a partner that not only shares our point of view, but expands upon it. The plans for Saadiyat Island and the cultural district, envisioned and developed by the Abu Dhabi Government, are, quite simply, extraordinary. When this comprehensive and inclusive vision is realised, it will set a standard for global culture that will resonate for decades to come.” William Mack, Chairman of the Guggenheim Foundation, led a delegation of Guggenheim trustees to Abu Dhabi for the project launch. He said: “It is with a keen sense of historical precedent and with an abiding commitment to cultural exchange as a bridge to international understanding that the Guggenheim Foundation enters into this agreement to establish a Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi.

“I congratulate the Government of Abu Dhabi for its foresight in the redevelopment of Saadiyat Island and for its realisation that art and culture have a central role to play in enhancing international relations and understanding, and in encouraging greater educational initiatives locally, regionally and internationally.”

According to the MOU, Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the authority’s tourism assets, will own the museum. The Guggenheim Foundation will establish and manage the museum’s programme, which will include collection development, exhibitions and educational initiatives.

The MOU was signed on behalf of Abu Dhabi by His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and TDIC, and Thomas Krens.

“Abu Dhabi’s museum will join a highly exclusive Guggenheim museum network which currently includes New York, Venice in Italy, Bilbao in Spain, Berlin in Germany and Las Vegas,” said HH Sheikh Sultan. “The MOU is testimony to Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become an upscale destination and to ensure that the Abu Dhabi name resonates worldwide.”

His Highness Sheikh Sultan, who is also Chairman of Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, also signed an agreement appointing the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry to design the museum. Gehry is the architect of the celebrated Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

“When the museum, made of titanium, glass and limestone, opened in 1997 it was instantly hailed as the most important building of its time,” explained HH Sheikh Sultan. “Just as Bilbao established a new level of design excellence, Gehry’s GAD design brief is to push the boundaries of his own architectural practice and set the benchmark for museums in the 21st century.”

Architectural distinction will be a defining feature for all of the major new structures which will comprise Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District.

“We are currently in negotiations with other world-class international cultural institutions and anticipate making further announcements on the Cultural District’s outstanding projects in the months to come,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, ADTA and Managing Director TDIC.

“Cultural tourism is an important component of our redevelopment plan. The power of the arts to attract an international audience is borne out by the fact that with its global locations, the Guggenheim has seen its worldwide attendance triple over the past 15 years. It now welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors annually, making it one of the world’s most visited museums.”
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Old July 8th, 2006, 04:19 PM   #48
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Architect Frank Gehry is to design the Guggenheim Foundation's largest museum in the United Arab Emirates.
The museum, which will cover 30,000 square metres, will be built in the capital city of Abu Dhabi.

Guggenheim's flagship museum for modern and contemporary art is in New York but there are branches in Bilbao, Berlin, Venice and Las Vegas.

US architect Gehry also designed the Bilbao Guggenheim in Spain. The Abu Dhabi museum should be built by 2011.

Construction is due to begin shortly on Saadiyat Island, which is being developed as the city's cultural district, government officials said.

New era

Known more for its oil and tourism industries than its culture, the museum will be the first major art showcase in the city.

"Today's signing represents the determination of the Abu Dhabi government to create a world-class cultural destination for its residents and visitors, "said Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a statement.

The chairman and chief benefactor of the Guggenheim Museum quit last year following a row over its future.

Peter B Lewis, who had held the post since 1998, blamed "differences in direction" between himself and museum director Thomas Krens.

The pair were reportedly at odds over plans to turn the New York-based art museum into a global brand.

Mr Lewis, a billionaire, donated about $77m (£41m) to the institution during his time as chairman.

He told the New York Times that he believed the museum "should concentrate more on New York and less on being scattered all over the world".

-BBC News
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Biggest Guggenheim museum to be built in Abu Dhabi

Biggest Guggenheim museum to be built in Abu Dhabi
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8 July 2006



ABU DHABI - The New York-based Guggenheim Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday to build its largest art museum on an island in the United Arab Emirates, vowing that exhibits will respect Muslim traditions.


Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD) will rise on a Gulf island off the UAE capital and will be designed by renowned US architect Frank Gehry who designed the Guggenheim museum in the Spanish city of Bilbao, the foundation’s director Thomas Krens told reporters at the signing ceremony.

With an area of 30,000 square meters (322,800 square feet), the new museum of modern art on Saadiyat island will be larger than the existing Guggenheims in New York, Berlin, Bilbao, Las Vegas and the Italian city of Venice, Krens added.

Construction is expected to last five years. The eventual price tag will depend on Gehry’s design.

“We believe that the Middle East is one of the world’s most important emerging regions in terms of contemporary culture,” Krens said before inking the memorandum of understanding with the head of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahayan.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, one of seven emirates that make up the UAE, attended the signing ceremony.

The museum will be built in the cultural district of Saadiyat island -- which translates from Arabic as island of happiness.

The district will also be home to a national museum, a classical art museum and a performing arts center, part of a three-phase project to turn the 27-square-kilometer island from an agricultural research site into a cultural hub by 2018.

The infrastructure for the project, which will also feature the development of residential zones, will cost more than a billion dollars.

The museum will acquire its own major collection of contemporary art and will also exhibit masterpieces from the Guggenheim Foundation’s global collections.

All works to go on display at the museum will “respect Abu Dhabi’s culture and national and Islamic heritage,” the foundation said in a statement.

“Our objective is not to be confrontational, but to be engaged in a cultural exchange,” said Krens when asked how the boldness of contemporary art can be reconciled with conservative Muslim values.

“There are things that we don’t do in New York because we feel that it is not appropriate to do them in this city,” he said.

A Guggenheim Foundation official, requesting anonymity, told AFP the museum would not display any nude figures or works with religious themes.

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) will own the museum, while the Guggenheim Foundation will establish and manage its program.

Gehry, 77, said it was “still too early” to speak of the materials, which will be used in building the museum to make it fit the climate of the desert region.

“I know it’s hot. Being situated on the seafront means we might have sandstorms, which means no glass,” he told AFP.

“It is important for a building to be a good neighbor and not just a foreign comer from outer space,” Gehry said, noting that ceramics would be “interesting to use” in possible facades.

“Titanium was chosen in Bilbao on a cloudy day. It is not the case here. Here there is a lot of light, but that does not mean I will rule out titanium,” the American architect added.


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Great news! Abu Dhabi is classy
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and now from Gulf News [darnit, dubai deserves a frank gehry work, not AD]

Frank Gehry to design Guggenheim museum
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Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi is set to become the home of the world's largest Guggenheim museum.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and the New York-based Guggenheim Foundation to establish a world-class museum devoted to modern and contemporary art.

The museum, to be called the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD), will be built in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island and will cover 30,000 square metres. It is expected to be completed in five years.

The museum is to be designed by the internationally-acclaimed architect Frank Gehry.

Collection of works

GAD will be the only Guggenheim museum in the region and will be larger than any existing Guggenheim worldwide, said Thomas Kerns, Director of the Guggenheim Foundation.

"It will be 20 per cent bigger than our existing 25,000-square metre Bilbao museum," he said.

According to the MoU, TDIC, which manages the authority's tourism assets, will own the museum.

The Guggenheim Foundation will establish and manage the museum's programme, which will include collection development, exhibitions and educational initiatives.

The museum will form its own major collection of contemporary art and will also exhibit masterworks from the Guggenheim Foundation's global collections.

"Today's signing represents the determination of the Abu Dhabi Government to create a world-class cultural destination for its residents and visitors," said General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the ceremony.

"This is a major step forward in our plans for Saadiyat Island and its Cultural District which will become an international cultural hub for the Middle East on par with the best in the world."

The MoU was signed on behalf of Abu Dhabi by Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), TDIC, and Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, and Thomas Kerns.

"Abu Dhabi's museum will join exclusive Guggenheim museum network which currently includes New York, Venice in Italy, Bilbao in Spain, Berlin in Germany and Las Vegas," Shaikh Sultan said.
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ABU DHABI LURES LOUVRE AND OTHER CULTURAL ICONS

With the Guggenheim in the bag, Abu Dhabi is going after more international cultural icons to convince them to open branches in the emirate, among them being the Louvre, a senior government official said yesterday.

“Yes, we are in discussions with a number of other international cultural organisations, and yes, among them is the Louvre,” said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Tourism Development and Investment Company, said speaking on the sidelines of yesterday’s press conference.

Abu Dhabi is creating a Culture District on Saadiyat Island, 500 metres off the shore of the emirate, as part of an international tourism destination.

Dubai recently announced that it will build Culture Village on the banks of the Dubai Creek.

The Louvre museum has dominated central Paris since the 12th century, when it was built as a fortress.

Its architecture has undergone several transformations as successive rulers of France used it as their palace.

In 1793, the Museum Central des Arts opened to the public in the Grande Galerie and the Salon Carré, from where the collections gradually spread to take over the building. The cut-off year for the Louvre’s collection is 1848. The museum receives more than six million visitors each year.

Abu Dhabi, which controls the world’s fifth-largest oil reserves, has been diversifying its economy by investing its revenues from crude into real estate, tourism and manufacturing.
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NCT&H to develop 400-room waterfront resort on Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi-headquartered National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels (NCT&H) has signed an agreement with the UAE capital's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to develop an 809,000 square feet plot of land on Saadiyat Island, which lies just 500 metres offshore Abu Dhabi city, for a new five-star waterfront resort.


Al Romaithi (left) and Al Muhairi sign the Saadiyat Beach plot deal. Looking on are HH Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADTA and TDIC (centre), Ahmed Hussein, Chief Operating Officer, TDIC (right standing) and Fahad Ahmed Al Awadi, Deputy Managing Director, NCT&H.

The huge resort, which will be set among natural beach dunes and in an eco-environment on the shores of the Saadiyat Beach district - one of six in the masterplan for the 27 square kilometre island, will feature a six-storey hotel with up to 400 rooms.

'Design of the resort is progressing with the concept focussing on a tranquil resort sanctuary with beach-front restaurants and cafes and a wellness centre,' explained Abdullah Al Romaithi, Managing Director, NCT&H.

'NCT&H has the greatest confidence in the transformation of Saadiyat into a signature destination and believes it is central to the tourism offering of Abu Dhabi for which it needs to be a part. We anticipate opening the resort within three years."

'This resort will benefit from the proximity of Saadiyat Beach to the new international airport and to the down-town hub of Abu Dhabi city, providing guests with ease of reach and access not only to a haven of relaxation, but to the bustle of the capital, if they choose.'

The new resort may be operated by an international brand and discussions with a key industry name are already underway.

'Since the launch of plans to transform Saadiyat Island into an international tourism destination we have received intense interest from investors locally, regionally and internationally,' said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Managing Director, TDIC.

'Saadiyat Beach will be the first area to be developed and the NCT&H resort an anchor proposition in this flagship destination.'

Saadiyat Beach, to the north west of the island, will have a range of five-star resorts flanking nine kilometres of pristine beach, a championship golf course with freehold villas, dedicated sailing club and private beach clubs all creating a celebrity see-and-be-seen atmosphere.

Saadiyat Island, which translates from Arabic as 'Island of Happiness,' is to be developed in three phases from 2006-2018. Saadiyat is the Middle East's largest single natural island development.

Enabling works to clear the ground for infrastructure development of Saadiyat Island are currently underway.
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more projects coming out from abudhabi thats great,,,
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Land deal signed for Abu Dhabi resort
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Abu Dhabi: National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels has signed an agreement with the UAE capital's Tourism Development and Investment Company to develop an 809,000 square feet plot of land on Saadiyat Island, which lies just 500 metres offshore Abu Dhabi city, for a new five-star waterfront resort.

The resort, which will be set among natural beach dunes and in an eco-environment on the shores of the Saadiyat Beach district - one of six in the masterplan for the 27 square kilometre island, will feature a six-storey hotel with up to 400 rooms.

"Design of the resort is progressing with the concept focussing on a tranquil resort sanctuary with beach-front restaurants and cafes and a wellness centre," explained Abdullah Al Romaithi, Managing Director, NCT&H.

"NCT&H has confidence in transforming Saadiyat into a signature destination We anticipate opening the resort within three years."
The new resort may be operated by an international brand for which discussions have started.
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'i got some renders, let's announce a tower here, oh and i still have som Jags in the garage.'
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