By Andy Sambidge
French Minister for Culture says museum on Saadiyat Island is set to open doors on Dec 2
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first of three museums planned for the emirate's Saadiyat Island, will open in December 2015, it has been reported.
Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister for Culture, has announced that the museum will open its doors on December 2 2015, the UAE's National Day, Art Media Agency said.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi was conceived through an intergovernmental agreement between the UAE and France. Exhibited artworks are to illustrate universal themes and highlight common human accordances that stretch beyond geographical, historical and cultural constraints, it added.
It quoted Jean-Luc Martinez, director of the Louvre in Paris, as saying that 300 masterpieces have now been selected for loan to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi was awarded to Arabtec-led joint venture with Constructora San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi in January.
In May, the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) began work on the distinctive dome on Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first of three iconic museums planned for Saadiyat Island.
Work on the dome is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The dome which has a diameter of 180 metres and is expected to weigh more than 7,000 tonnes - almost the weight of the Eiffel Tower, will be supported in four points only.
In August, Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said it was inviting contractors to pre-qualify for the main contract to build the Guggenheim museum on Saadiyat Island.
In January 2012, TDIC announced the museum is scheduled for completion in 2017, a year later than Foster’s Zayed National Museum and two years after Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi.For all the latest travel 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.