Abu Dhabi, which is U.A.E.’s capital and a cultural hub of the Middle East, is amongst those named best places to visit in 2015; much has to do with its famous landmarks and many architectural mega-projects, including the new Louvre Centre for global culture. The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is set to open in December 2015 on Saadiyat Island. The museum is to be the first Louvre Museum outside Paris.
The building of the new Louvre will be at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s latest construction site: the 24,000-square-meter Saadiyat Cultural District. It will house a vast collection of world art and artifacts, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from societies and cultures all over the world.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will put on display its own unique national collection of objet d’art treasures; they will be displayed chronologically and show how each have developed in different cultures and societies. The museological approach aims to give insight into the history of humankind since the beginning of time.
Abu Dhabi’s universal museum built up by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) is being enriched by loans from French museums including Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou. For a reported $520 million, Louvre agreed to attach its name to a new museum in the UAE.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi arts center and the wider Saadiyat Cultural District will be a place for visitors to discover for themselves how art developed through time. Four major periods will be covered: archaeology and the birth of civilization; medieval days and the birth of Islam; the Classical period from Humanism to Enlightenment; and modern and contemporary, starting at the end of the 18th century.
In addition, a Louvre Abu Dhabi Children’s exhibition hall will ensure that the youngest visitors can also explore the various museum objects artworks in context, to explain where they came from and what influences they might have had during a historical period.
The designers of the Louvre, architects from Jean Nouvel’s firm, are on-site to ensure the museum is built to the specified design, says Paris-based Hala Warde, the lead architect from Ateliers Jean Nouvel, who heads the team.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi should be On the international arts scene late next year; the development phases for the museum began in 2013. After this Arabtec-led joint venture, the Zayed National Museum project will be completed (in 2016), then the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (in 2017) and Performing Arts Centre.