Abu Dhabi Louvre: Between vision and reality

From studying the possibility of opening a branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi in 2006 to this week’s announcement of the full installation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi dome structure, The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) is a step closer to completing one of the world’s premier cultural institutions - Louvre Abu Dhabi. Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District.
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A cameraman takes footages of the Louvre museum that is still under construction in Abu Dhabi, October 21, 2014. The Tourism Development and Investment Company, master developer of the Louvre, announced the full installation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi dome structure, which consists of 85 super-sized steel elements and weighs 7,000 Tonnes. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Workers and journalists stand near the Louvre museum that is still under construction in Abu Dhabi, October 21, 2014. The Tourism Development and Investment Company, master developer of the Louvre, announced the full installation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi dome structure, which consists of 85 super-sized steel elements and weighs 7,000 Tonnes. (AFP/Getty Images)
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United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (C) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) attend a ceremony to mark the launch of the works of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum created within the Cultural district of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on May 26, 2009. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan (C) speaks with four of the world's most renowned architects (L-R) Frank Gehry of USA, Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid of Britain, Tadao Ando of Japan and Michel Pelissie, representing Jean Nouvel of France, during a ceremony to announce a cultural-tourism project at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi 31 January 2007. The multi-billion-dollar project features the construction of four museums on the Saadiyat Island off the coast of the oil-rich emirate. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents enjoy a day at the beach along the corniche in Abu Dhabi, 29 January 2007. Abu Dhabi, looking to tap into the thriving tourism market in the United Arab Emirates, plans to offer a cultural bonanza rather than follow Dubai in focusing on shopping holidays. Centrepiece of the quiet emirate's mega project to lure tourists is the construction of four museums, including a Guggenheim and, perhaps, a local version of the famous Louvre of Paris, as well as an art centre. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French Education minister Gilles De Robien (L) smiles as he listens to his Emirati counterpart Hanif Hassan Qassimi (R) during the inauguration ceremony of the prestigious Sorbonne University's Gulf branch, in Abu Dhabi 18 November 2006. De Robien announced today that a group of French experts will arrive in the Gulf city next week to study the possibility of opening a branch of the Louvre museum. A spokesman said that the two projects witnessed the will to create a dialogue between the West and the East. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French Education minister Gilles De Robien (L), his Emirati counterpart Hanif Hassan Qassimi (C) and President of Paris-Sorbonne University Jean-Robert Pitte (R) attend the inauguration ceremony of the prestigious university's Gulf branch, in Abu Dhabi 18 November 2006. De Robien announced today that a group of French experts will arrive in the Gulf city next week to study the possibility of opening a branch of the Louvre museum. A spokesman said that the two projects witnessed the will to create a dialogue between the West and the East. (AFP/Getty Images)