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Ten years in the mak­ing, the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 11. The mu­seum will launch with al­most 700 ex­hibits, ap­prox­i­mately half of which will be­long to the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, while the other half will con­sist of loans from 13 ma­jor French cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Lou­vre Mu­seum, the Musée d’Or­say and the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou in Paris. The loans will in­clude Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare, a self­por­trait by Vin­cent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Fer­ronniére ( Por­trait

of an Un­known Woman), which will leave Europe for the first time to be­come the first painting by the Re­nais­sance poly­math to be ex­hib­ited in the Mid­dle East.

“Abu Dhabi has put its hand on its heart and said that the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi’s mes­sages are ones that it wants to send to the rest of the world: mes­sages of unity, ac­cep­tance, con­nec­tiv­ity and tol­er­ance,” said Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al Mubarak, chair­man of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cul­ture Author­ity. “These were mes­sages that were im­por­tant 1,000 years ago, but are even more im­por­tant to­day and Abu Dhabi is the beacon that will broad­cast these mes­sages to the Arab world and to the rest of the world.”

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