Open­ing date set for Lou­vre Abu Dhabi

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - COVER STORY - Gavin Haines

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.

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