A work of art long in the making, the much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi was officially opened on the evening of November 8, 2017 at an inauguration attended by world leaders.
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“We welcome you and the whole world to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a unique and iconic masterpiece that Abu Dhabi is adding to the heritage of humanity,” said H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in a speech.
As a guest of honor, France’s Macron also spoke, saying that, “The birth of this global cultural landmark in Abu Dhabi is a response to those who seek to destroy the humanity. This marvelous museum displays the different eras of civilisation.”
It’s the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside of France. Commissioned in 2007, the widely-publicized museum encountered numerous delays. It was originally expected to open in 2012, a date which was later pushed back to December 2015.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi features a rare collection of art spanning the history of humanity, arranged on a chronological journey from prehistory to the present day, including the birth of the first villages, religions, cosmography and the modern world.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is located at Saadiyat Island, a cultural district minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi. It’s the first of several opulent museums planned for the island, including Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Other luminaries on the guest list at the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening included King Mohammed VI of Morocco, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, as well as a host of other guests.
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