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Local Name:
جزيرة السعديات
Budget:
27B
Announced:
2007
Construction Start:
Opening:
Area:
2700 ha
Developer:
Tourism Development & Investment Company
Operator:
Consultants:
Louis Berger, WSP
Designers:
AECOM, EDAW, Foster and Partners
Contractors:
Foster and Partners, WSP
Ride Suppliers:
Other Suppliers:
AECOM, EDAW
  1. JustPassingBy is offline Curious Chap
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    The Abrahamic Family House is coming along very nicely as can be seen from the road.






    Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is very closed off. I couldn't get any glimpse inside the construction site at all. However there seemed to be a lot of activity inside as workers and cranes were busy, and cars were going in and out the construction site entry points constantly. Below are the only photos I could capture from the road.



  2. JustPassingBy is offline Curious Chap
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    Came across this news article. New opening date for the Guggenheim from the last update on this thread.

    The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is on track to open its doors in 2025, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
    Source: https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/2021/09/29/guggenheim-abu-dhabi-on-track-to-be-completed-by-2025/

  3. MarkEm is offline resortX Top Investigator
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    Potential good news for the Guggenheim?

    A $1bn contract for the development of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has been awarded by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT – Abu Dhabi). The contract has been awarded to a Besix-Trojan joint venture, which is also building the nearby Zayed National Museum.
    Richard Armstrong, director at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation added, “Today’s announcement represents a significant milestone in the realisation of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Housed in Frank Gehry’s distinctive building, the museum will be home to an expansive and evolving collection of artworks that advance multiple perspectives on the global histories of modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on art from West Asia, North Africa, and South Asia.”
    Source: https://meconstructionnews.com/49575/1bn-contract-awarded-for-the-development-of-the-guggenheim-abu-dhabi

  4. When the Frank Gehry-designed museum finally opens its doors, it will be the Guggenheim’s largest location, at 320,000 square feet. The project, which is being overseen by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, will also be one of the hubs of the nascent cultural and tourism district on Saadiyat Island.

    The island is already home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2017 (after delays of its own). There are plans for a Zayed National Museum dedicated to the United Arab Emirates’s founder, as well as two other museums. The city pledged in June to spend $6 billion on the creative industries over the next five years.
    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/guggenheim-abu-dhabi-2011351

  5. ResortsAhoy is offline resortX Top Investigator
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    5 years from next week! How precise!

    Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi has a new opening date: 2026. the news was revealed by the Guggenheim's director, Richard Armstrong, at a press conference in Basel.

    ‘We think it should be five years from next week,’ the art newspaper reported, adding he will visit the middle east soon. ‘it looks like everything is coming together so we can say something definitive. it has been a relatively long gestation.’

    First announced in 2006 and scheduled to open in 2012, the long-awaited project has suffered many ups-and-downs. a new opening date was set for 2017, which obviously didn’t happen, and by the time the museum’s plans seemed to be washed up.
    Source: https://www.designboom.com/architecture/frank-gehry-guggenheim-abu-dhabi-opening-2023-09-22-2021/

  6. ResortsAhoy is offline resortX Top Investigator
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    Quote Originally Posted by iAnirudhG View Post
    What's up with Saadiyat Grove? I've been seeing the updates on the Abrahamic Family House and of the Zayed National Museum. It's nice to see that one of the "wings" of the museum seem to have topped out, but I don't see any updates on Saadiyat Grove.
    As far as I can see there have been no updates on Saadiyat Grove since 2019. There are a few pictures online of this scale model and different variations of what the development would include but it looks like it was meant to tie together the museums district and as those have been so on and off over the past few years I think it's fallen by the wayside.

    It may return, or be redone in another format, once the museums etc are further along but it looks like this is the most "realistic" press release I can find for it and it's from November 2019 so not much time to get things moving before the pandemic closure hit.

    Article: https://www.constructionweekonline.com/projects-tenders/260881-pictures-sheikh-khalid-unveils-aldars-22bn-saadiyat-grove

    For those not familiar with the project here are some images of the model and headlines from the project...



    Perhaps someone local can see if the Saadiyat Grove Experience Centre is still there?

    As part of the launch, Sheikh Khalid visited the Saadiyat Grove experience centre at Mamsha Al Saadiyat and reviewed the designs and the master plan of the 24.2ha development
    Once developed, Saadiyat Grove will feature 6ha of retail, entertainment, and leisure spaces comprising 3,706 residential units, 170 of which will be branded, in addition to hotels, as well as co-working spaces for new enterprises and startups.
    Phase 1 of Saadiyat Grove will include 606 residential and around 200 retail units, in addition to gyms, pools, kids play areas, community gardens, and a running track that will connect the whole project. Set to be developed in phases, Saadiyat Grove’s Phase 1 will begin handover in 2022.



  7. iAnirudhG is offline Curious Chap
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    What's up with Saadiyat Grove?

    I've been seeing the updates on the Abrahamic Family House and of the Zayed National Museum. It's nice to see that one of the "wings" of the museum seem to have topped out, but I don't see any updates on Saadiyat Grove.

    Aldar's website says project completion to be in 2023, but Google Maps shows only the basic foundation work done and nothing else. Has there been any work on that end? I truly believe that the Grove will be a wonderful addition to Saadiyat along with the Guggenheim. Thanks to a recent confirmation from TCA we know that the work on the Gugg is back on.

    I'm assuming the other two museums they hinted at in the announcement made are the Tadao Ando designed Maritime Museum and Zaha Hadid's Performing Arts Centre, atleast I hope that they are. There are a few links for the Maritime Museum on a few government pages but no hint about the Performing Arts Centre. Fingers crossed though.

  8. The 'Abrahamic Family House' will be the real deal on Saadiyat. It will contain a Mosque, a Church and a Synagogue at the same spot. Read here:
    https://www.forhumanfraternity.org/abrahamic-family-house/

    Quote Originally Posted by Reem View Post

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    Saadiyat National Museum status quo:











  10. Interesting indeed. There have never been cranes on the Guggenheim site, at least not for many years!

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