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Zayed National Museum (Abu Dhabi) —
This year is a big one for the United Arab Emirates, not least because of the opening of the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi. The museum, dedicated to the history and culture of the UAE, is modeled on a bird's wings. It was designed by Pritztker Prize-winning British architect Norman Foster of Foster+ Partners.
Foster + Partners
Louvre Abu Dhabi —
Also opening in the region this year is the the hotly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi, masterminded by French architect Jean Nouvel (also a Pritzker Prize-winner). The highlight? A lattice steel roof intended to create the illusion of a "rain of light" for those walking underneath. It's meant to be reminiscent of walking through a semi-covered souk.
courtesy louvre abu dhabi
World Trade Center Transportation Hub (New York, New York) —