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Oprah Winfrey shares the scoop on Saadiyat Cultural District 

The megaproject will be completed in 2025.

Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District megaproject has unleashed star power. The American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has joined the latest campaign, Be Moved in a Thousand Ways. The development will be completed by 2025, and it will bring together arts, culture and heritage. 

Be Moved in a Thousand Ways is introduced by Oprah, and broadcaster Mona El Shazli. The campaign highlights the importance of art to unite, inspire and open minds. Contributors to the campaign include artists Mohammed Ibrahim, Najat Makki and Afra Al Dhaheri, actor Idris Elba OBE, and pianist Lang Lang and more.

Saadiyat Cultural District will be home to museums, collections and stories that celebrate the region’s heritage for a global audience. Zayed National Museum, the national museum of the United Arab Emirates, will celebrate the nation’s history, and honour the legacy of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. 

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will include a research and teaching centre. Visitors will be able to explore the story of Earth and the universe. Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will celebrate art from the 1960s to the present, and teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will take visitors on an imaginative journey. 

Saadiyat Cultural District

Saadiyat Cultural District is more than three-quarters complete and will see the remaining museums all open in 2025. The area is already home to Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2017, and Berklee Abu Dhabi, which offers music, performing arts and educational programmes throughout the year.

HE Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, explained: “Culture transcends mere connections; it shapes our very evolution and broadens our perspectives. Here in Abu Dhabi, we embrace this influence, fostering a deep appreciation that resonates throughout our community. Saadiyat Cultural District embodies ‘cultural hope’. 

Saadiyat Cultural District

“The district will convey a message of cultural diversity that will become more powerful over time, creating global connections, inspiring cultural exchange, and fostering new ways of thinking to support the region, the global South and the world. Saadiyat Cultural District is somewhere people can come to learn from the past, understand our present and focus on our future.” 

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GO: Visit https://scdabudhabi.ae/en for more information. 

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