The museum was delayed several times due to funding problems in particular, before announcing the deadline for the opening The museum was delayed several times due to funding problems in particular, before announcing the deadline for the opening
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Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first international museum in the Arab world

The Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi in the UAE capital is the first international museum in the Arab world to be opened on 11 November 2017 ten years after the launch of this project.

The museum will include works, pieces and manuscripts from the dawn of civilizations to modern history that will allow visitors to understand the common influences of different cultures throughout the ages.

Jean Nouvel, the winner of the Brixat International Prize, was inspired by the Arab architecture of the design of the museum, which was dubbed "Madina", which is topped by a huge 180-meter dome studded with stars and through which sunlight enters through openings reminiscent of the flow of light. .

The indoor showrooms extend over an area of ​​8600 square meters. In the 23 permanent exhibition halls, 600 works of art, including 300 from 13 French museums, will be closed during the first year following the opening. Leonardo Da Vinci's "Fine Blacksmith", the Louvre, Bonaparte Cross-Alpine, Jean-Louis David (Versailles) and Vincent Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait" (Orsay Museum).

However, most of the works will describe the history of civilizations, cultures and religions, including a blue-blue manuscript of the Blue Qur'an, a gospel of the Gospel, Moses' five books and Buddhist texts. The head of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture, Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, told the French agency that the museum was directing a "message of tolerance".

Alongside the Louvre on Saadiyat Island, two museums, Guggenheim and Sheikh Zayed, will be set up in an indication of the importance the authorities attach to the development of cultural tourism in the Gulf. It is the first time such a project has been launched in the Middle East, "said French director Manuel Rabattier, the French director of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, describing it as" complex and ambitious. "

The issue of the transfer, preservation and security of works of art raised the concern of some experts, but Mubarak stressed that "protecting them is vital."

Action has been taken and necessary mechanisms have been adopted, including temperature and humidity control, while external temperatures exceed 40 ° C during several months of the year. Al-Mubarak also spoke of the cooperation of the UAE authorities with French experts to protect the museum from terrorist attacks.

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