Lou­vre Abu Dhabi to wel­come vis­i­tors from Novem­ber...

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Lou­vre Abu Dhabi to­day an­nounced it will open its doors to the public on 11 Novem­ber 2017. It is the first mu­seum of its kind in the Arab world: a uni­ver­sal mu­seum that fo­cuses on shared hu­man sto­ries across civil­i­sa­tions and cul­tures. The open­ing cel­e­bra­tions will in­clude sym­po­siums, per­for­mances, con­certs, dance, and vis­ual arts by renowned con­tem­po­rary and clas­si­cal artists.

Pritzker Prize win­ning French ar­chi­tect Jean Nou­vel has de­signed a mu­seum city un­der a sil­ver dome. Vis­i­tors can walk through the prom­e­nades over­look­ing the sea be­neath the mu­seum’s 180-me­tre dome, com­prised of al­most 8,000 unique metal stars set in a com­plex geo­met­ric pat­tern. When sun­light fil­ters through, it cre­ates a mov­ing ‘rain of light’ be­neath the dome, rem­i­nis­cent of the over­lap­ping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.

On dis­play will be the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion of art­works, arte­facts and loans from 13 French mu­se­ums and in­sti­tu­tions un­der the Agence France-Muséums, plus ex­hi­bi­tions, a Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, a restau­rant, a bou­tique and a café.

His Ex­cel­lency Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al Mubarak, chair­man of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cul­ture Author­ity (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Tourism De­vel­op­ment & In­vest­ment Company (TDIC), said: “Lou­vre Abu Dhabi em­bod­ies our belief that nations thrive on di­ver­sity and ac­cep­tance, with a cu­ra­to­rial nar­ra­tive that em­pha­sises how in­ter­con­nected the world has al­ways been.

“The mu­seum rep­re­sents the lat­est in­no­va­tion in a long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of cul­tural preser­va­tion nur­tured by the found­ing lead­ers of the UAE. In­vest­ment in a vi­brant cul­tural ecosys­tem sup­ports the UAE’s eco­nomic diver­si­fi­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment as a mod­ern, dy­namic so­ci­ety.”

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