Louvre Abu Dhabi Officially Open

 Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

The wait is over. The highly anticipated opening date of Louvre Abu Dhabi has finally arrived.

Mark your calendars and book your flights, because this highly anticipated museum has officially opened its doors to the public. For those of us residing in the UAE, particularly in Abu Dhabi, the museum’s opening is a momentous occasion. Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first museum of its kind in the Arab world. Its long awaited completion marks the culmination of years of planning, hard work and collaboration between France and the UAE. It also signifies the birth of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District — a game changer for life and tourism in the capital.

Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

Far from a bubble of western art transplanted in the Middle East, Louvre Abu Dhabi takes a wholly universal approach to its collection. The museum explores shared human stories through artworks that span the centuries, as well as the globe.

Even Louvre Abu Dhabi’s dome, with its signature ‘rain of light’ effect, symbolizes the museum as a crossroad of cultures. While the dome is inspired by the oases of the UAE and traditional islamic tessellations, it comes to life through the designs of Pritzker Prize winning, French architect Jean Nouvel and twenty-first century architecture techniques.

 Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

“Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies our belief that nations thrive on diversity and acceptance, with a curatorial narrative that emphasizes 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,” His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said.

Tickets for the museum range from 60 AED for general admission to 30 AED for ages between 13 and 22, as well as UAE education professionals - but the experience is sure to be priceless.