NYU Abu Dhabi
New York University
Eight years ago, 148 adventurous undergrads from around the globe took up residence in a pair of low-slung buildings in downtown Abu Dhabi, becoming the campus’s inaugural class. As those students immersed themselves in the coursework and, for many, unfamiliar culture, the permanent 40-acre campus was being planned 20 minutes away on the partially man-made, nearly 17-square-mile Saadiyat Island. Occupied in 2014, the new campus has it all: art gallery; research building; athletic facility with pool, indoor running track, and climbing wall; stadium; arts center populated with theaters, rehearsal rooms, and film editing studios; and ample outdoor spaces. Saadiyat is quickly becoming the country’s cultural epicenter—New York University shares the island with the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi. Today the student population stands at 1,250, and that number will eventually grow to 2,200. Herewith, a CliffsNotes view of NYU in the UAE.
Reporting and Photographs by Kate Lord