Abu dhabi opens lou­vre, ex­pects boost in tourism

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi opened its Lou­vre mu­seum on Satur­day, po­si­tion­ing it­self as a city of cul­tural tourism with a dis­play of hun­dreds of works that it hopes will draw vis­i­tors from around the world. Sur­rounded by wa­ter from three sides, the mu­seum houses 600 art­works it has ac­quired, along­side 300 works on loan from 13 lead­ing French in­sti­tu­tions, in its 23 per­ma­nent gal­leries. The artists range from Paul Gau­guin and Vin­cent Van Gogh to Pablo Pi­casso and Cy Twombly. And there are price­less pieces. They in­clude a statue of the Sphinx dat­ing back to the 6th cen­tury B.C., 13 frag­ments of a frieze that re­veals Su­rah al Hashr from the Holy Qu­ran and a mar­ble bust of Alexan­der the Great.

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