Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on 11/11

louvre 2245858 640The project was launched on 7 March 2007, by the Louvre in Paris. (Image source: Marco Santiago/Pixabay)After 10 years of signing the inter-governmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to will finally open to the public on 11 November 2017

The museum will focus on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures in the Arab world.

Jean Nouvel, French architect, has designed a museum city, Arab Medina, under a vast silvery dome. The visitors will be able to walk along promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180m dome, comprising almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern, creating a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome when sunlight filters through, according to Ventures Middle East.

The museum will display a collection of artworks, artefacts and loans from France’s top museums, spanning from pre historical objects to commissioned contemporary artworks. In addition to the galleries, the museum will also include exhibitions, a children’s museum, a restaurant, a boutique and a café, said the source.

“Louvre Abu Dhabi forms one element of Abu Dhabi’s cultural strategy, which safeguards our rich heritage and catalyses creativity. Investment in a vibrant cultural ecosystem supports the UAE’s economic diversification and development as a modern, dynamic society. Louvre Abu Dhabi will inspire a new generation of cultural leaders and creative thinkers to contribute to our rapidly-changing and tolerant nation,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

The tickets for the museum will cost US$16.34 for general admission and US$8.17 for ages between 13-22 and UAE education professionals. The admission will be free for members of the museum’s loyalty programme, children under the age of 13, Icom or Icomos members, journalists and people of determination along with a companion, according to the source.

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