Sultan Bin Tahnoon Receives British Culture Minister Jowell Explores Abu Dhabi-Uk Cultural Links

Published December 5th, 2006 - 02:11 GMT

His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and the emirate’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), today received the British Cabinet Minister, the Right Honourable Tessa Jowell MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport.

In the meeting, the two discussed cultural and tourism developments in the UAE capital and opportunities for UK involvement.

Abu Dhabi has become a focus for international cultural partnerships since plans for a world-class Cultural District on its flagship Saadiyat Island project were announced earlier this year. Saadiyat Island, a 27 square kilometre natural island lying 500 metres offshore Abu Dhabi city, is being transformed into an international tourism destination and will house five museums and art centres, including the Middle East’s only Guggenheim contemporary art museum.


About Tourism Development & Investment Company:
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) is a public joint stock company established under Law No: 12 of 2005 as decreed by the Abu Dhabi Ruler and UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. TDIC is an independent organisation empowered to manage the tourism investment zones of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which directs and implements strategy for the expansion of the emirate's tourism sector. TDIC will develop real estate assets that support ADTA's mission of assisting UAE economic diversification through tourism development.

TDIC shareholding, fully owned by ADTA, operates along strictly commercial lines with its projects being self-sustaining and economically feasible. Its activities include creating development and tourism related concepts for specific sites and locations, disposing of, or repositioning, government-owned tourism related assets, entering into joint ventures with investment partners for assets such as hotels or residential products, as well as serving as the master developer for large scale projects.

About Saadiyat Island:
Saadiyat Island - which translates from Arabic as Island of Happiness - is the largest single mixed-use island development in the Arabian Gulf. The 27 square kilometre natural island lies only 500 metres offshore Abu Dhabi island - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Saadiyat Island is being developed into a complete visitor and residential destination.

Saadiyat Island represents one of the most important development opportunities in Abu Dhabi's history. The island, which has 30kms of water frontage and boasts many natural eco-features including mangrove forests, is being developed as a strategic international tourism destination and marks a new era in the rapid evolution of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates which form the UAE Federation.

Saadiyat Island will be developed in three phases with total completion scheduled for 2018. The masterplan envisages six highly individual districts and includes 29 hotels, including an iconic 7-star property, three marinas with combined berths for around 1,000 boats, museums and cultural centres, two golf courses, civic and leisure facilities, sea-view apartments and elite villas.

Saadiyat Island will be home to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi - at 30,000 square feet, the world's largest Guggenheim contemporary art museum.

Saadiyat Island will be linked to the main Abu Dhabi island and the Abu Dhabi mainland via two, 10-lane freeways making the destination easily accessible to Abu Dhabi International Airport, which will be just a 25 kilometre drive away.

Saadiyat Island is being developed by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), an independent public joint stock company of which Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is the sole shareholder. TDIC's strategy is to dispose of development land on the island to private investors who will each develop their sites in accordance with the masterplan and supporting planning regulations and design guidelines.

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