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Saadiyat Island and Al Reem Island ,which is closer to Abu Dhabi, are connected to the city by two 10-lane Freeways crossing Saadiyat Bridge.
The island is much further offshore at the point of the bridge connection. Hence, it is over 3 miles from Abu Dhabi island to Saadiyat Island via the bridge, which links to Al Reem Island en route.
From the bridge, there is a link to the Eastern Ring Road, otherwise known as Al Salam Road which links in a south-easterly direction to Abu Dhabi International Airport 20 miles away.
As one leaves Abu Dhabi island to cross Saadiyat Bridge, one sees Abu Dhabi Marina, Abu Dhabi Mall and some of the city's leading 5-star luxury hotels on one's left,on the north-east shoreline. These include Le Meridien Abu Dhabi and Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers.
Saadiyat Island translates as "Island of Happiness". It is Abu Dhabi's flagship development.
Created around an eco-friendly philosophy, it occupies an area of 27 square kilometres. It will be developed around seven different districts, with an astonishing 29 hotels, including an iconic 7-star property [like the Burj Al Arab in Dubai]. There will also be three marinas, including Saadiyat Marina.
Then, there will be two golf courses, including a Gary Player Signature course, and 19 kilometres of superb sandy beaches, includ ing the fantastic Saadiyat Beach. This will have NINE 5-Star, beautifully landscaped, resort hotels along it, noted for their tranquil, serene ambience.
Resort developers will have to follow strict guidelines due to the presence of a series of natural sand-dunes and fauna, lying directly behind the beach fronts. The resorts are due to open in 2009.
However, what really separates Saadiyat Island from all other tourism developments globally, is the Cultural District, which will be home to several world-class museums.
They include Sheikh Zayed National Museum, designed by Lord Norman Foster; the world's largest Guggenheim Museum [Guggenheim Abu Dhabi] designed by leading architect, Frank Gehry; Louvre Abu Dhabi by Frenchman Jean Nouvel; a Maritime Museum by Japanese designer Tadao Ando and a Performing Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid.
It is the most amazing collection of developments by world-class architects in one place ! Unheard of anywhere else!!
The entire project is due for completion by 2018; the first phases are expected to be ready by 2012.