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By ELLEN GAMERMAN and KELLY CROW
Here, on a barren island on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, workers have dug the foundations for three colossal museums: an $800 million -designed branch of the Guggenheim 12 times the size of its New York flagship; a half-billion-dollar outpost of the by ; and a showcase for national history by Foster & Partners, the design for which was unveiled on Thursday. And plans are moving ahead for yet another museum, about maritime history, to be designed by .
Bâle : sa foire d'art contemporain (Art Basel), son grand champion (Roger Federer), son fleuve majestueux (le Rhin).
1 December 2011 Last updated at 10:34 ET
The Irish writer Samuel Beckett and Iraqi King Faisal I had traveled to Berlin to marvel at the latest sensation in the German capital.