Louvre Abu Dhabi reaches construction milestone

Work starts on museum's distinctive dome and is slated for completion by the end of 2014
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the sister museum to The Louvre in Paris. Construction work has begun in earnest, and artist impressions depict what the finished museum will look like. This is the external public area, shaded by the Louvre Abu Dhbai Dome.
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This artist’s impression shows the facade of The Louvre Abu Dhabi overlooking the Arbian Gulf.
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HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan (third left) visited the side and stands alongside Tourism Development & Investment Company’s senior management.
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HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan is given a tour of the site, and an explanation of how the museum will be built.
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The construction process reaches a milestone as the first concrete pour of one of the four piers to hold the 180 meter diameter dome of the museum takes place.
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The dome is expected to weigh more than 7,000 tonnes and will rest nine meters high at the entrance of the museum, reaching up to 30 meters high on the inside.
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The construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, set to open in Saadiyat Cultural District in 2015, was awarded to an Arabtec-led joint venture with Constructora San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC in January this year.
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Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Managing Director of TDIC, said: “We’re delighted to witness the first concrete pour for the foundation that is going to hold up the unique dome of Louvre Abu Dhabi. This is an important time for us because it’s symbolic of moving into a new construction stage and most importantly getting another step closer towards realizing our landmark project.”
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