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Louvre Abu Dhabi's exterior © Louvre Abu Dhabi
Mohammed Somji

The Louvre Comes to the Persian Gulf

October 6, 2017

After innumerable delays, the Musée du Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open on November 11. The intergovernmental project is intended to be a universal museum, with artifacts reflecting the entire scope of human civilization. Hence, it will be a statement emphasizing the need for mutual understanding, as well as the interconnectedness of the contemporary world.

The structure itself was designed by famed French architect Jean Nouvel and features a series of promenades beneath a 590-foot dome. The objects come from multiple French museums and include “La Belle Ferronière” by Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait by Van Gogh, a globe by the 17th-century Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli and a pair of gui vessels (ancient Chinese ritual bowls) from the Musée Guimet.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s "rain of light" © Louvre Abu Dhabi Mohammed Somji

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