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The Louvre Abu Dhabi


The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a joint thirty year collaboration and agreement between Abu Dhabi and the French government.

The project which aims to build a Louvre museum in the city of Abu Dhabi is scheduled to be completed by 2012 as the project was first announced by the Louvre Paris on the 7th of March in 2010.

The museum is set to showcase artwork from all over the world. One of the main focus points of the museum project is said to be the bridging of Eastern and Western art.

The museum is also one of the most anticipated projects of the city of Abu Dhabi which is also expected to raise the tourism bar of Abu Dhabi.

You won’t want to miss out on seeing its exhibits. The museum will stand alongside other museums such as the Guggenheim Museum in a project to transform the Saadiyat Island into a tourism hot spot and a cultural cluster as it will house major art pavilions and art museums.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be one of the most astounding infrastructures in Abu Dhabi once it has finished construction.

The design is said to replicate a floating dome which will allow enough sun to filter through and light the interior of the museum. Part of the museum will exhibit permanent artwork and a smaller area will be dedicated to periodical exhibits.

The infrastructure is located in the Saadiyat Island complex and will stand on 24,000 square meters of land. It is part of a €83 million to €108 million financial plan being designed and built by architect Jean Nouvel and the engineers from Buro Happold who have been working on the project since it has gained approval from the French parliament in October 9, 2010.

Louvre Abu DhabiAlthough the infrastructure stands on the soils of Abu Dhabi, the Louvre museum will be operated by the French Museums agency while in collaboration with the brains behind the Saadiyat Island project which is the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, once completed will be home to art work from all over the world while keeping its goal in focusing on bridging the distance between Eastern art and Western art pieces which will create a new dynamic in bridging cultures.

Despite a number of controversies surrounding the project, parties involved in the project have come to the agreement to consider the culture within Abu Dhabi and will only exhibit art that will be in accordance to the Abu Dhabi customs and culture but have not been affected the exhibit to an extent that will sacrifice one or the other.

The Saadiyat Island Cultural district which will be the home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi will also be home to a large cluster of museums that will hold a large number of world class art pieces.

Around the cultural district will be museums such as the Shiekh Zayed National Museum, the only museum to be located in the Middle East and the largest Guggenheim - the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi contemporary arts museum, various arts pavilions and an upcoming performing arts center designed by Zaha Hadid and a maritime museum.

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