Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab world. It presents both ancient and contemporary works of historic, cultural, and sociological interest from around the world. This the intergovernmental agreement between the United Arab Emirates and France.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of a vast “museum city” and visitors can explore 55 white buildings inspired by traditional Arab medinas, 23 of these buildings are devoted to permanent galleries. The entire area is covered by a latticework silvery dome that is 36 metres high and weighs 7,500 tonnes — almost same as the Eiffel Tower. The dome appears to float, as its four pillars are hidden within the museum.
It is nearly 24,000 square metres (260,000 sq ft) in area, with 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) of galleries, making it the most comprehensive art museum in the Arabian peninsula. The layering of 7,850 stars patterned perforations creates what cinematographers call a “rain of light”: each ray of the sun must cross through all eight layers to reach the ground, creating an intricate and ever-shifting pattern.
The construction process started on 26th May 2009 and after some time of delayed finally, it’s opened the doors to tourist on 11th November 2017. The final cost of the construction is assumed to be about €600 million. Also, US$525 million was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name, in addition, US$747 million paid in exchange for art loans, special exhibitions and management advice.
Regular tickets cost Dh60,
Children 13 to 22 tickets cost Dh30,
Children under 13 years are complimentary
Differently-abled persons can go free
Time to visit:
Saturday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday and Friday 10 am to 10 pm,
What more amazing thing is that tourist can enjoy a kayak tour around the museum from the Arabian sea. The kayak tour is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 pm & 8 pm. It is 120 AED from 6 years but children between 6 – 12 years should be accompanied by parents.
It inspires visitors to enjoy the inconstant relationship between sun, sea, art and architecture. Do not miss to visit this wondering Arab world’s museum.