Artist’s impression of the future Saadiyat Island Cultural District including the three new museums: center front the Sheikh Zayed Museum; rear right the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum; rear left the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Until recently, the developments on Saadiyat Island were managed by the TDIC, the Tourism Development and Investment Company, a semi-governmental, semi-private company overseeing the development of Abu Dhabi as a tourist destination, and in fact a large property construction firm. This includes the development of luxury holiday resorts up to overseeing the construction of the museums on Saadiyat Island and festivals, exhibitions and other cultural events.

Today, the Cultural Department of the TDIC, which oversees cultural development, is in the process of being split off from the TDIC and of merging with the remainder of ADACH, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, that has been mostly dissolved. The new body will take the name of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, ADTCA. As a 100% government-owned structure it will oversee a substantial portion of Abu Dhabi’s cultural life, not only the developments on Saadiyat Cultural District.

The TDIC will continue as supervisor for most other TDIC activities, including all the other projects on Saadiyat Island, such as the infrastructure, housing, hotels, leisure parks, beaches, etc.

The director of the TDIC Cultural Department is Rita Aoun. Rianne Norbart is the Senior Communications and Fundraising Manager.


TDIC/ADTCA’s Rianne Norbert in front of an artist’s impression of Saadiyat Cultural District with Zaha Hadid’s performing arts center (right) on the waterfront. Photo NeilvdL

TDIC/ADTCA’s Cultural Department director Rita Aoun leads the press conference of Abu Dhabi Art 2012. Photo NeilvdL.

Written by: Neil Last modified: 18th Nov 2012