Louvre branch opens doors in Abu Dhabi
9 September, 2017
The Louvre’s branch in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is set to open to the public on 11 November, France’s Minister of Culture Francoise Nyssen announced. In 2007, the two countries signed an inter-governmental agreement that launched the Louvre Abu Dhabi project. About €600m has been spent on the construction of the cultural centre designed by the world renowned architect Jean Nouvel.
The building is located on the artificial Saadiyat Island, a district off the coast of the UAE capital. Two more cultural institutions are expected to open their doors in the same area in the coming years – a branch of the US Guggenheim Museum and the Zayed National Museum.
The Louvre’s Abu Dhabi branch is housed under a large 7,500-tonne glass dome, equal the weight of the Eiffel Tower, and covers an area of 97,000 sq m. The museum’s collection will feature exhibits representing various eras and civilisations. Over 600 artworks will be displayed in the 23 available halls.