(From L-R) French architect Jean Nouvel who designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi, President of the Louvre Jean-Luc Martinez, UAE Minister of Culture Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak al-Nahyan, French Minister of Culture Francoise Nyssen and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak stand on stage during a press conference in Abu Dhabi on September 6, 2017 during which they announced the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open to the public on November 11, 2017. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open its doors to the public in November, bringing to the Gulf Mesopotamian artifacts and post-impressionist masterpieces in the first Louvre-branded museum outside of Paris. KARIM SAHIB / AFP
The Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open to the public on November 11, a decade after the project was launched, France’s culture minister said Wednesday.
“It is my pleasure to announce that the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors on November 11,” Francoise Nyssen said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
“At a time when culture is under attack… this is our joint response.”
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first establishment outside of the original Louvre in Paris — which houses the world’s largest collection of art — to carry the famed French name.
The museum aims to attract people from neighbouring Arab countries and around the world, according to the UAE culture minister.
“Just as the Louvre is the crown jewel of Paris, so the Louvre Abu Dhabi is destined for such distinction,” said Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan.