As the first museum of its kind in the Arab world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be ready to open its doors to the public on November 11.

Located in Abu Dhabi and focusing on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures, the museum has been designed as an ‘Arab medina’ under a vast silvery dome by Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel.

Visitors can walk through the promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180m dome, comprised of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of overlapping palm trees in the oases found in the United Arab Emirates.

On display will be important collection of artworks, artefacts and loans from France’s top museums spanning the entirety of human existence: from pre-historical objects to commissioned contemporary artworks, highlighting universal themes and ideas and marking a departure from traditional museography that often separates according to origin. In addition to the galleries, the museum will include exhibitions, a children’s museum, restaurant, boutique and a café.

His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), said: “Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies our belief that nations thrive on diversity and acceptance, with a curatorial narrative that emphasises how interconnected the world has always been. The museum represents the latest innovation in a long-standing tradition of cultural preservation nurtured by the founding leaders of the UAE.

“Louvre Abu Dhabi forms one element of Abu Dhabi’s cultural strategy, which safeguards our rich heritage and catalyses creativity. Investment in a vibrant cultural ecosystem supports the UAE’s economic diversification and development as a modern, dynamic society.

“Louvre Abu Dhabi will inspire a new generation of cultural leaders and creative thinkers to contribute to our rapidly-changing and tolerant nation.”

Opening celebrations will include a wide range of public programmes including symposiums, performances, concerts, dance, and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists. An inaugural special exhibition - ‘From One Louvre to Another: opening a museum for everyone’ - opens on December 21, and traces the history of Musée du Louvre in Paris.

Tickets for the museum will cost 60 AED for general admission, 30 AED for those aged between 13 and 22 and is free for children less than 13 years old.

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