Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I and Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice of York were among the recent royal visitors to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
A number of senior officials also visited the newly-opened museum, including Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia and Mary Mcaleese, former President of Ireland.
During the tour, the visitors were shown Louvre Abu Dhabi’s many masterpieces, including the Bactrian "princess" from Central Asia dating back to the end of 3rd beginning of 2nd millennium BCE, the Vase with geometric motifs imported from Mesopotamia discovered on Marawah Island dating back to about 5500 BCE, the Winged dragon from China, the Woman Portrait and Fountain of Light by contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.
They were hosted during their visit by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi; Saif Ghobash, director general of the Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabate, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Hissa Al Dhaheri, Deputy Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a museum city (medina) which combines traditional Arabic inspiration with contemporary design and engineering.
Waterfront promenades overlook the sea underneath the iconic dome, comprised of 7,850 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a cinematic ‘rain of light’, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.
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