Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum, two of the most eagerly awaited museums in the United Arab Emirates, are expected to be completed by the following year and open for business.

The Saadiyat Cultural District’s “key assets” are almost all built, according to a statement from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. In addition to the two establishments, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi and the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi are almost finished.

The event venue Manarat Al Saadiyat, the music conservatory Berklee Abu Dhabi, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which celebrated its five millionth visitor in March, will be joined by the new landmarks.

According to the department, 76% of the district is now constructed, with each monument narrating a unique chapter in the development of the United Arab Emirates and humanity as a whole.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s founding father, will be honored for his legacy in the Zayed National Museum, which will also showcase UAE history and culture. In the meanwhile, the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will serve as a research and educational facility and provide insight into the past of our world and universe.

Guggenheim Modern art from the 1960s to the present will be housed in Abu Dhabi, and teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will be a 17,000 square meter space filled with state-of-the-art art installations. Established in 2001 in Tokyo, teamLab has gained recognition for its adoption of digital technology and emphasis on the mutually beneficial relationship between art and the observer.

The district wants to be a center for artistic and cultural interchange, according to Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the department.

He stated, “Culture shapes our very evolution and broadens our perspectives; it transcends mere connections.” “In Abu Dhabi, we welcome this impact and cultivate a profound respect that permeates our community. The cultural hope of Saadiyat is embodied in the district.

“During a period of time the area plans to enhance its message of cultural diversity, international connections, intercultural communication, and innovative thinking for the good of the region, the Global South, and humanity in general. People can come to Saadiyat Cultural District to comprehend our current, learn from our past, and concentrate on our future.

The department’s worldwide marketing campaign, which included a film showcasing a variety of well-known figures, including Oprah Winfrey, pianist Lang Lang, director of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and foundation Mariet Westermann, Idris Elba, and architect Norman Foster, preceded the announcement.

Leading Emirati leaders including Al Mubarak, President Zaki Nusseibeh’s cultural advisor, and artists Najat Makki and Afra Al Dhaheri join them in their discussion of the power of culture.

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Source The National 22 May 2024

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