"Over the next five years, Saadiyat’s skyline will be transformed by a succession of hugely prestigious landmarks, piloted by some of the world’s leading architects: a Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry; the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Nouvel; a performing arts centre by Zaha Hadid; the Zayed National Museum designed by Norman Foster; and a Maritime Museum by the Japanese master Tadao Ando."
[When I express my doubts that culturally jaded westerners will be attracted by Saadiyat as a holiday destination, he (Edward Gibbs, director of the Middle East department and worldwide head of Islamic art at Sotheby’s) replies: “But it is not for us. It is for people from the Middle East, and Indians, and Chinese, and Russians. They are not trying to attract American tourists. They are looking ahead, and the future is Asia, whether you like it or not. And the Asians will come in their millions.”]
By Peter Aspden
Published: February 18 2011 17:19 | Last updated: February 18 2011 17:19
I believe that given the opportunity and the properly designed Cultural Tour that American Tourists would be very interested in visiting Abu Dhabi's western corner of Saadiyat Island. Heidi Karlsson, M.A., International Tour Manager