Opening date set for Louvre Abu Dhabi
After a five-year delay, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open to the public on Nov 11, it has been announced.
The first foreign outpost of the iconic Paris museum was initially due to open in 2012, but the global financial crisis, plummeting oil prices and the sheer complexity of the building project conspired to cause major delays.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize-winning French architect, the museum cost an estimated $108 million (£83 million) to build.
That is only a fraction of the $525 million that Abu Dhabi is reported to have paid France to use the “Louvre” name.
The United Arab Emirates capital is also believed to have paid an additional $750 million for French managers to oversee 300 loaned works of art, which include paintings by Matisse, Monet and Van Gogh.