In pictures: Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island

The opening comes a decade after France and the UAE agreed to a 30-year partnership initially reported to be worth $1.1 billion, including nearly half a billion dollars for the rights to the Louvre brand alone.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.
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(From L-R ) Director General of Abu Dhabi's Tourism and Culture Authority, Saif Saeed Ghobash, President-Director of the Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, Director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, Manuel Rabate, French architect Jean Nouvel, Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Tourism and Culture Authority, Mohamad Khalifa al-Mubarak, Deputy Director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Hissa Al Dhaheri, and Scientific Director Agence France-Museums, Jean-Francois Charnier, pose for photographers at the end of a press conference at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 7, 2017 on the eve of its official opening on Saadiyat island.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel during a media tour prior to the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi.