Font Size

- Aa +

Thu 26 Oct 2017 07:46 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

French president to visit UAE for Louvre Abu Dhabi opening

Emmanuel Macron will take part in official opening ceremony of museum on Saadiyat Island

French president to visit UAE for Louvre Abu Dhabi opening
Emmanuel Macron. (Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, will visit the UAE next month to take part in the opening ceremony of Louvre Abu Dhabi, it was announced on Thursday.

The French presidency said in a statement cited by news agency WAM that Macron will visit on November 8-9, ahead of November 11 when the museum opens to the public.

The museum was built in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement signed between the UAE and France in 2007, that includes the loan of the Musee du Louvre’s name for 30 years and six months, temporary exhibitions for 15 years, and loans of artworks for 10 years.

To date, the museum has acquired more than 620 works of art, including important artworks on loan from 13 leading museums in France.

Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by the Pritzker Prize winning French architect, Jean Nouvel, who envisioned a museum city, or Arab medina, under a vast silvery dome.

Visitors will be able to walk along promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180-metre dome, comprised of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.

In addition to the galleries, the museum will include exhibitions, a children’s museum, a restaurant, a boutique and a cafe.

For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.