Opening of the museum on Saadiyat Island in 2015.

That’s Jean Nouvel who’s behind the design of the museum of fine arts, painting, drawing, sculptures and manuscripts in Abu Dhabi. The mission will be to encourage the discovery and exchange, and to deliver an innovative message to the world of art and culture through the nine 2 152 sq. ft. galleries (64 583 sq. ft. of Permanente Gallery, and 21 527 sq. ft. dedicated to temporary exhibitions).

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), responsible for the development of tourism and culture in Abu Dhabi, has appointed the company Arabtec-Led for the construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The contract is valued at over 50 million Euros. The concrete foundation should be completed in the first quarter of 2014 and the lace construction of the dome that will create a true shower of light will be completed in late 2014. The construction will be completed in 2015 with the removal of the support platforms and some work at sea, so that the museum becomes an island in itself.


With a 688 890 sq.ft. area built, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is designed as a set of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals that evoke a floating city. A vast oriental-inspired dome of 180 meters in diameter recovers the museum. It will be perforated with interlaced patterns so that the filtered light creates real magic.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is developing its own permanent collection, which will be enriched by loans from 12 French museums, including the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée du Quai Branly and Centre Pompidou. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will rely on the expertise of Agence France-Museums and on the partnership with the Louvre Museum, known for its museological excellence since its founding in 1793. Among its exclusive artworks, "Portrait of a Lady" by Picasso which will be presented at the exhibition "Naissance d’un Musée” (Birth of a Museum). This 1928’s artwork was mentioned in John Richardson’s book "A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932" published in 2007 but never exposed, will be one of the key artworks of the exhibition held from April 22 to July 20, 2013 at the Manarat Al Saadiyat museum, before the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.


The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the leading cultural institutions in the heart of the cultural district of Saadiyat. Other museums that will be close to the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the Zayed National Museum, which will open its doors in 2016, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which will open in 2017. Saadiyat Island is known for its upmarket tourism and soon its exceptional museums. One more reason to visit Abu Dhabi!

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