The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been inaugurated in the presence of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of France Emmanuel Macron.
The inauguration ceremony was also held in the presence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, and a host of guests representing several countries.
Located on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island, it is the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France. Set to open to the public on November 11, galleries and exhibitions will be open on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm and on Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 10 pm.
The result of a collaboration between Abu Dhabi and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi features 6,400 sqm of galleries. It includes over 600 artworks and artifacts, half of which will be presented for the opening year.
Manuel Rabate, the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “Louvre Abu Dhabi sets a benchmark for the region, attracting the next generation of talented museum professionals. It has reinvented the 18th-century premise of the universal museum for a demanding contemporary audience. In a complex multi-narrative world, these ideas are more important than ever.”
“By exhibiting works from diverse cultures in the same space, our curation shows the interconnectedness of different ideologies, aesthetics and artistic techniques. The museum story transports visitors through a history of humanity illuminated by our collection of exceptional treasures,” Rabate added.