The city's downtown district is stretched along the Corniche, and here you can find the world's most expensive top-rate hotels, such as the luxurious and renowned Emirates Palace Hotel, and VIP-class dining spots. From the hotel, the numerous small sandy islands are readily observable. Today, many of them have been turned into construction sites.
The Saadiyat Island is actually the apotheosis of this full-blown islet transformation. This grand twenty-seven-billion-dollar project is aimed at the formation of a fantastic cultural area with performance centers, museums and art galleries.
Involved in the project are the most outstanding specialists from Europe, like Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry (France). Jean Nouvel is working on the Louvre Abu Dhabi scheduled to be open in 2012, and Frank Gehry has designd the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi contemporary art museum, expected to be finished by 2011 and supposed to be the world's largest Guggenheim museum.
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