Louvre Abu Dhabi | A Universal Museum

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum on Saadiyat Island, translating the exchange of cultures through artworks from ancient to contemporary times.

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the museum represents an Arab madina (city) with its 23 permanent galleries, temporary exhibition space, Children’s Museum, auditorium, restaurants, retail and a research center. Visitors will be able to walk the promenades beneath the museum’s iconic dome and overlook the sea, experiencing the museum’s enchanting ‘rain of light’ inspired by the shadows of overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s precious oases where travelers once crossed paths.

Visitors can experience an enchanting ‘rain of light’ inspired by the shadows of overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s precious oases where travelers once crossed paths. © TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Artworks displayed originate from civilizations all over the world, highlighting universal themes and similar influences (rather than segregated by civilizations like in most Western museums) such as the portrayal of power by rulers, representing the divine, exploring unknown lands and the dawn of globalization. Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired more than 600 objects to date, including series and collections, some of which will be exhibited with 300 loaned works from 13 leading French institutions.

Abu Dhabi Louvre  © TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Born of an intergovernmental agreement between the Government of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007, the name of Louvre is loaned for thirty years, artworks from French institutions for 10 years on a decreasing basis as the permanent collection grows and the programming of temporary exhibitions for 15 years. The construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi is in its final stages. The building will then enter an important preparation phase, essential for a museum of this magnitude that includes testing, art installation and development of the visitor experience ahead of the official opening.

Saadiyat Cultural District

Saadiyat Cultural District  © TDIC

Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, is devoted to culture and the arts. An ambitious cultural undertaking of the 21st century, it will be a nucleus for global culture, attracting local, regional and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. Its iconic buildings will form a historical statement on the finest 21st-century architecture; Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. These museums will complement and collaborate with local and regional arts and cultural institutions including Universities and Research Centers.

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Authority drives the Emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programs related to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honor the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close coordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

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