DUBAI – The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open its doors in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in November, said the chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority on Wednesday.
At a press conference held at the Manarat al-Saadiyat Cultural Center, on Saadiyat Island, Mohamad Khalifa al-Mubarak announced the museum’s opening had been set for Nov. 11.
“The Louvre Abu Dhabi and its universal story embodies the spirit of openness and dialogue among cultures, displaying works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from different times and civilizations,” he said.
The 64,000-square-meter center, which includes 23 permanent galleries, is to be the Louvre cultural complex’s first museum on Saadiyat Island, which also features the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
In addition to art galleries, the museum is to include a temporary exhibition space, a children’s museum, a 200-seat auditorium, a restaurant, a cafe and a commercial space.
The concept of the museum was born out of an intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France in 2007 and shows the friendship that unites both countries, according to al-Mubarak.
Those who visit the museum are expected to have access to a permanent collection of 600 pieces, as well as important works borrowed from prestigious French institutions, which are expected to include masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Edouard Manet.
The museum was designed by the award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel and developed by the Spanish construction company Sanjose.