On 6th September 2017, it was announced that the much-awaited Abu Dhabi Louvre will start operations on 11th November 2017. Apparently, the authorities also shared some new magnificent pictures of the interiors of this high-profile building that spans across 97,000 square meters.
After a series of postponements, it seems that the date for the unveiling of this structure has finally been confirmed. Earlier, the date for its opening was said to be in 2012 after which they were targeting 2016. However, it was in the year 2013 that the construction of the building had commenced. It has been designed by Jean Nouvel – the famous international starchitect.
The new Louvre will be a sister concern to the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The museum in Abu Dhabi is being built on Saadiyat Island that will also house the Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Museum. The Zayed National Museum was slated to open in 2016 but commenced construction work in July 2016 whilst the Guggenheim Museum was supposed to start functioning in 2017 but does not have a scheduled date for its opening as yet.
The Louvre will contain research hubs, a museum for children, 23 galleries, auditoriums, retail spaces, restaurants and exhibit centers. Encircled by the sea, the spectators can roam around the promenades underneath the building’s dome and witness the spectacle that is termed as ‘rain of light’ and has gained inspiration from the shadows of overlying palm trees at the UAE’s prized oases.
Nouvel announced that within 2 months, the iconic structure will throw open its doors. He described it as a place of light and a gathering of varied planetary influences.
The visitors can have a look at a series of art exhibits that have been borrowed from 13 famous French museums. Some of these include La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Di Vinci, Vincenzo Coronelli’s Globe, a self-painting of Vincent Van Gogh and an exceptional salt cellar of the Benin Empire.
The director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabaté, also remarked that people can gain a higher understanding of their and other cultures as well when they make a stopover at the museum. He also added that its path-breaking structural design harmonizes with a display of rare treasures that are representational of the creativity of humans and provides a platform for new discussions to transpire.
The cost of the enterprise has been pegged at $650 million and is the dream project of an affluent UAE national to boost tourism in the Emirates.
The reasons for the delay in the construction were found to be labor problems and lack of supplies as well as finances because the construction firms had an enormous backlog of work because of the real estate boom in UAE.
The fees for general admission were fixed at R100 if you are between the ages of 13 and 22. South Africans may have to shell out around R200 for gaining entry into the space structure.
As we conclude, we would like to hail the UAE authorities for their ambitious project. Their plans include developing a cultural arena to attract tourists for earning income from additional sources apart from their oil refineries.