The Louvre Museum’s Abu Dhabi outpost will officially open this November, almost 11 years after French and United Arab Emirates signed a deal to build it. The site will have 700 exhibits, loaned by the main Louvre in Paris and other French museums according to UAE newspaper The National.
Abu Dhabi paid France $525 million (£402 million) to use the Louvre name, and another $750 million (£575 million) to hire managers from France to look after the art, the Associated Press reported. It is the Louvre’s first branch outside of France.Like its sister museums, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s building is a work of art.
The museum opening was delayed by economic turmoil in the UAE due to falling oil prices, and the project was criticised for its use of low-paid migrant workers, the AP said. The building’s domed ceiling was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, who said the dome was a “major symbol of Arab architecture,”. “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,” Louvre Abu Dhabi wrote in a press statement.
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