Above: The view from our room at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Saadiyat Island is joined to the city of Abu Dhabi by a bridge. Today, at the northwestern tip of the island, about two miles east of downtown, the Saadiyat Cultural District is the scene of frenetic construction. There, five new museums are in various stages of completion. TheLouvre Abu Dhabi, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, has been built in collaboration with the French government. It is joined by theGuggenheim Abu Dhabi, by Frank Gehry; theZayed National Museum, by Norman Foster; thePerforming Arts Centre, by the late Zaha Hadid; and theMaritime Museum, by Japanese architect Tadao Ando (designer of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis).

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Above: The view from our room at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

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