The Louvre - Abu Dhabi Opens its Doors
The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on Saturday 11th November, drawing thousands of cosmopolitan visitors to this new symbol of the Gulf nation’s ambitions on the global stage.
Perfectly perched on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi epitomizes grandeur. From towering palm trees that line the road of the entrance, to the world-class architecture that creatures the illusion of a floating oasis, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a breath-taking sight.
The origins of Louvre Abu Dhabi date back to 2007, when France and the United Arab Emirates came together to develop a new kind of cultural institution. The result is a museum rooted in universal human values, the first of its kind in the region. Louvre Abu Dhabi represents the dynamic nature of the contemporary Arab world, while celebrating the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage and has been billed as “the first universal museum in the Arab world”.
The museum design, by France’s Pritzker prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, conjures up the image of an Arab medina as seen through the eyes of a contemporary cinematographer. A silver-toned dome with perforated arabesque patterns appears to float over the white galleries, creating what Nouvel describes as a “rain of light”. To reach the ground, each ray of light must cross eight layers of perforations, creating a constantly shifting pattern that mimics the shadows cast by palm trees or the roof of a traditional Arab market.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first of three museums to open on Saadiyat Island, where the UAE plans to launch the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by Frank Gehry, and Norman Foster’s Zayed National Museum.
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