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In the Saadiyat Cul­tural Dis­trict, the Jean Nouvel-de­signed Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, a col­lab­o­ra­tive project with the Paris orig­i­nal, has been con­ceived as a “museum city” with plazas, wa­ter­ways, foun­tains and boule­vards amid a con­trast­ing se­ries of white build­ings in­spired by a me­d­ina and low-ly­ing Ara­bic set­tle­ments. There will be in­door gal­leries and open-air precincts cooled by tra­di­tional tech­niques. Lou­vre Abu Dhabi will of­fer per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions, a chil­dren’s museum, restau­rants, shop, prom­e­nades and gar­dens. Saadiyat will even­tu­ally en­com­pass seven dis­tricts con­nected with 12km of high­way, 10km of light rail and three in­ter-is­land bridges. But tech­ni­cal de­lays have plagued the Lou­vre project since its 2007 in­cep­tion, in­clud­ing man­age­ment changes and is­sues with in­stal­la­tion of Nouvel’s mas­sive cupola and water basins. Open­ing is now mooted for mid to late next year. More: lou­vre­abud­habi.ae; vis­itabud­habi.eu. Eti­had flies to its home port of Abu Dhabi from Bris­bane, Mel­bourne, Perth and Sydney. Business-class cab­ins are equipped with fully flat beds and di­rect aisle ac­cess; new Business Stu­dios aboard A380s and 787 Dream­lin­ers of­fer 20 per cent more per­sonal space. First-class apart­ments with pri­vate en­try and sep­a­rate bed area and the award-win­ning three-room Res­i­dence have been fit­ted on A380s. More: eti­had.com/au.

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