One highlight of my trip to Abu Dhabi this summer, was a visit to the Emirates Palace, a self-proclaimed 7 star hotel. Whilst you cannot fail to be impressed by the building itself, the little exhibition in the corner
was what fascinated me the most. Just 50 years ago, Abu Dhabi was pretty much just desert, with a tiny population who lived off fish and dates. Now it has more sky scrapers than you can count, and arguably the average standard of living is far superior to that of Britain. But what it most impressive is their plans for the future. They are well aware that whilst they currently have 10% of the world's oil, (an incredibly
impressive amount for such a small place), this will eventually run out. One of their many plans is to transform one of their many islands (Saadiyat Island) into a cultural district, and one like the world has never seen before. Some of the world's best architects are involved including Norman Foster and Frank
Gehry. Plans are in place for their very own Guggenheim, Louvre, Performing Arts Centre... The link below shows computerised pictures of the plans.
What a great place Abu Dhabi must be for architects right now! Abu Dhabi has more space and more money than we could ever dream of on the tiny over-crowded island that we live on. I really hope the building of Saadiyat Island goes according to plan. What an amazing place it will be! Not only
will it host some of the world's more fantastic buildings, but it also has the potential to become a world-leading centre for arts and culture. All I can I say is fingers crossed Abu Dhabi's grand plans become reality!