In pictures: First anniversary of Louvre Abu Dhabi

French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, visits Louvre Abu Dhabi on the Museum's first anniversary this Friday. He hailed the partnership between French museums and Louvre Abu Dhabi and paid tribute to the cooperation between French and Emirati teams in the preparation of new temporary exhibitions, with the support of Agence France-Museums.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Saturday that it has welcomed more than one million visitors in its first year since opening. UAE residents represented 40 percent of the museum’s total number of visitors while Indians were most common among international visitors. France, Germany, China, UK, the the US were also among the top visitors, state news agency WAM reported.
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French Culture Minister Franck Riester (2nd-L) visits the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, in Abu Dhabi on November 9, 2018. The museum, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, will celebrate the first anniversary of its official opening to the public on November 11.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi recently unveiled 11 new acquisitions in its permanent galleries, alongside new significant loans from 13 French partner institutions as well as regional and international museums. During its anniversary weekend, Louvre Abu Dhabi is hosting a two-day symposium, Worlds in a Museum, in collaboration with Ecole du Louvre, addressing the topic of museums in a globalised world.
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The museum said it has hosted more than 1,000 school trips, 5,000 guided tours, workshops and masterclasses, and programmed 115 special events from Bait Al Oud performances to talks, film screenings and concerts with more than 400 artists from 22 countries plus a show by British pop star Dua Lipa to celebrate the museum's one-year anniversary.
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French Culture Minister Franck Riester (C) visits the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, in Abu Dhabi on November 9, 2018. The museum, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, will celebrate the first anniversary of its official opening to the public on November 11.
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French Culture Minister Franck Riester (2nd-L) visits the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, in Abu Dhabi on November 9, 2018. The museum, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, will celebrate the first anniversary of its official opening to the public on November 11.