New York University announced on Monday it had completed construction of its Saadiyat Island main Abu Dhabi campus, in line with its scheduled completion date announced in June 2010.
The campus includes academic buildings, a library, theatres, indoor sports facilities, student and faculty residences and laboratories. In addition, the outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, a grandstand, and an athletics track, are scheduled for completion by mid-July, the WAM news agency reported.
The New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) covers 450,000 square meters, an area equivalent to eight New York City blocks, and reaching a height of more than 50 metres.
Designed by award-winning Rafael Vinoly Architects, the campus also includes 21 buildings built to the highest specifications and featuring the latest technology.
NYUAD vice chancellor, Al Bloom, said: "NYU Abu Dhabi has set uniquely demanding goals for the quality of the faculty, students, and staff that it recruits, and for the excellence of its academic programmes. We have likewise set rigorous standards for the fair and humane treatment of those who are building, maintaining, and operating our facilities.
“This remarkable campus reflects in the beauty of its architecture, and in the functional capacity of its facilities, that same commitment to achieving excellence. It will contribute powerfully to realising our educational mission, enhance the bonds of our own community, and help transform the university into an intellectual and cultural magnet for the UAE and the world. We are excited that NYU Abu Dhabi's first commencement on May 25 will be the first event we celebrate on the new campus."