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About Saadiyat


About Masterplan

Saadiyat is TDIC's flagship project - a premier island destination that appeals to you whether you are a visitor, resident or an investor from all over the world.

You will find Saadiyat located just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi. This 27 square kilometre island was planned and created around an environmentally-sensitive philosophy and low-density master plan. As a result, Saadiyat's developments have been built around natural beauty, cultural experiences, architectural splendours and vast business potential. The main districts in the island are Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Beach District and Saadiyat Marina District.

You can reach Saadiyat in just a five-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and an hour's drive from Dubai. Get Directions

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What's on the Island

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Among the island's crowning elements is its Cultural District, whose on-going construction progress is being monitored eagerly by art lovers everywhere. Featuring designs by five Pritzker Prize winners, this district's cultural icons including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, will make the island a leading destination for the arts in all its forms.

Complementing this cultural element is Saadiyat's vibrant residential communities within Saadiyat Beach - The Residences at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Beach Residences, and Saadiyat Beach Villas. Currently, several hundred residents are enjoying their exclusive addresses on Saadiyat, and once all the residential developments are completed, over 145,000 residents are expected to call the island home.

Rounding off Saadiyat's diverse projects are its educational and leisure developments. Educational offerings ranging from nursery to university are available on the island. These include the Redwood Nursery, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and New York University Abu Dhabi. For those seeking leisure activities the island features The St.Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, The Collection at the St. Regis, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Public Beach and The District.

Saadiyat at a glance :

  • Saadiyat is a 27 square kilometres natural island
  • A pristine beachfront destination for tourists
  • World class educational offerings, from nursery to university
  • The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
  • A cultural centre for discerning lovers of the arts, featuring architectural icons that include designs by five Pritzker Prize winners
  • Luxurious retail experiences in The District and The Collection
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
  • Beachfront golf course

Saadiyat in Numbers :

  • 27 km2
  • 500,000+ visitors per year
  • 10,000,000+ accident-free construction hours
  • 18 hole championship golf course
  • 5 star leisure resorts
  • 21 lounges, clubs & dining venues
  • 3 iconic cultural institutions
  • 230,000+ visitors to Manarat Al Saadiyat since 2010
  • 700,000 seedlings produced by the Mangroves Nursery
  • 1000 Hawksbill turtles hatched since 2010 on Saadiyat
  • 2000m2 of dune restoration
  • 754+ luxury apartments
  • 500+ prestigious villas
  • 12+ community neighborhoods

Awards and Accreditations

In the process of bringing the best to Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat's projects and properties have been recognised locally, regionally and internationally for their outstanding development and service. We are proud of the recognition and awards we have received so far and appreciate the efforts and hard work that has gone into earning them.

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) 2007

His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan was honoured with the Cultural Leadership Award in recognition of his role in developing the Saadiyat Cultural District.

Wall Street Journal 2007

Saadiyat listed among the 10 emerging trendy destinations.

Cityscape Abu Dhabi Awards 2008

Saadiyat was awarded for Best Mixed-Use Development and Best Waterfront Development.

World Travel Awards 2009

Saadiyat won the Middle East's Leading Tourism Development Project.

Arab Achievement Awards 2010

Manarat Al Saadiyat was awarded the Best Leisure Project at the Arab Investment Summit 2010.

PALME Middle East Awards 2010

Action Impact won Best AV/Video Solution for its work on the Saadiyat Story, at the region's only awards programme for the AV, audio technology and entertainment industry.

International Business Awards 2011

Saadiyat Beach Villas' VIP Brochure was named Distinguished Honoree for Best Marketing or Sales Brochure (print).

International Business Awards 2011

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort's VIP Brochure won a the trophy for Best Marketing or Sales Brochure (print).

What's On Awards

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort won Best Stay-cation in the UAE.

Middle East Architect Awards 2012

Won by LWD for Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat.

2012 Middle East World Travel

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was awarded Abu Dhabi's Leading Beach Resort 2012.

Best Golf Resort 2012

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was awarded SPG Member Favourite Resort.

The Urban Planning Council (UPC) as part of its Estidama Pearl Building Rating System 2013

Louvre Abu Dhabi was awarded a Three Pearl Design Rating Certificate. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, an elite school that is scheduled to open on Saadiyat, has received a Two Pearl Design Rating Certificate.

World Travel Awards 2013 Middle East

Saadiyat was awarded the Middle East's Leading Tourist Development Project for 2013 and the Middle East's Leading Beach Destination for 2013.

World Travel Awards 2014 Middle East

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was awarded Abu Dhabi's Leading Beach Resort 2014

World Travel Awards 2014 Middle East

Saadiyat won the Middle East's Leading Beach Destination.


Saadiyat received the ‘Middle East’s Leading Beach Destination.

ULTRA Middle East’s Best Beach Club in the UAE

Saadiyat Beach Club, the stunning venue located in the heart of Saadiyat, has been crowned 2015 the Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Award (ULTRA) Middle East’s Best Beach Club in the UAE.

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  • New Saadiyat Story Film

  • Saadiyat Brand Video