December 12, 2017

Opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, President Macron (France) and spouse, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister – Picture by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

8 November 2017, Saadiyat Island, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE: The United Arab Emirates fêted with much pomp and circumstance the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, already being labelled as the most pulchritudinous museum architecture worldwide.

HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture of Oman.

Under the patronage of President Emanuel Macron (France) and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron accompanied the French Head of State as well as the UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Other regional sovereigns such as HM The King of Bahrain, Hamad II, HM The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well as the ruling princes (amirs) of Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras Al-Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, which also form part of the Emirati federation, were likewise in attendance.

For additional picture on the museum collection, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157690074340005

French and Emirati ministers of Culture signing cooperation agreements – Picture by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that is a cultural beacon, bringing together different cultures to shine fresh light on the shared stories of humanity.

Located on Saadiyat Island, Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel designed a museum-city (Arab Madina) under a vast silvery dome. Therein one can walk through the promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180-metre diametre dome, composed of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern.

Emir of Fujairah, King of Bahrain and Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Louvre Museum.

When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE oases.

Louvre Abu Dhabi 2 – Picture by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

 

Designed as a micro-city, Louvre Abu Dhabi is an archipelago out at sea. Dedicated areas entice and encourage a multitude of activities, especially contemplation.

For a diverse choice of transportation, visitors can arrive by either land or sea.

Louvre Abu Dhabi – Picture by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority,

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