Saadiyat Island set for huge tourist boost

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Saadiyat Island is set to become a leading tourist destination in Abu Dhabi with plans to attract 19 million visitors and contribute AED4.2 billion in tourism revenue by 2025.

Saadiyat Vision 2025 has been launched by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi and tourist and leisure developer Miral.

The 'One Island. Many Journeys' campaign will highlight Saadiyat’s array of offerings, from a world-leading Cultural District, fine dining restaurants, luxury hotels and resorts, and upcoming high-end retail outlets, to a diverse and amazing wildlife ecosystem as well as world-class educational institutions.

Saadiyat is home to the first international outpost of the iconic Louvre Museum, with three more world-class museums set to open in the coming years. The forthcoming Abrahamic House, a future global beacon for tolerance and understanding, will cement the island as a one of the world’s leading cultural centres.

A centre of educational excellence, the prestigious New York University Abu Dhabi is located on the island offering a fully integrated liberal arts and science academic programme. The island also hosts an international outpost of the renowned Berklee School of Music which has an established history of producing Grammy award winners.

With five luxurious waterfront resorts comprising global brands Park Hyatt and St. Regis as well as regional pioneers Jumeirah, Rotana and Rixos, Saadiyat Island will be the destination of choice for discerning travellers. For those seeking an even more exclusive experience, a boutique villa retreat is located on Nurai Island which can be reached in 15 minutes by speedboat from its private pier on Saadiyat Island.

Visitors with a keen interest in sustainability, conservation and responsible tourism can experience Saadiyat’s diverse ecosystem of protected wildlife and marine life which includes endangered hawksbill turtles, humpback and bottlenose dolphins, the native Arabian gazelle and over 300 species of birds.

Saadiyat also hosts a year-round programme of cultural, lifestyle, golf, wellness and culinary events and activities, all within one unique, secluded location.


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