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.