During my last trip to Abu Dhabi I had the pleasure to check out their newly opened own Louvre! I heard that the lanes took forever but when we went in, a few weeks after the opening, it was quite chilled.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The museum was established on November 8th 2017. It is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.
HOW DOES IT LOOK INSIDE? They had a looot of art pieces and artifacts there, in general it was a mix of modern and very old and very famous pieces in classy yet tech-advanced surroundings. Ok, the outside looks like a giant alien ship but inside, although there can be a lot of minimalist white – it looks pretty museum-ish.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED? You could see it as a whole-day trip if you choose to listen to the explanations with the headphones you would get at the entrance – they are available in french, english and arabic (I believe). Otherwise, if you browse through looking not too closely, maybe around 1-1,5 hrs.
PRICE? The entrance was not pricy at all – the fact that I don’t remember it anymore shows it 😉 Maybe around 15€ or so.
WHERE IS IT? It’s on Saadiyat Island, quite central. A lot of other things to visit are there too, so your cab driver will def know.
Here are some key facts:
– Over one billion euros, including 400 million euros to carry the Louvre name.
– A 2007 inter-governmental agreement between Paris and Abu Dhabi.
– The museum is built on a 97,000 square metre site on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
– Engineers had to move 503,000 cubic meters of sand to lay the foundations for the museum.
– The Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of a vast “museum city” that includes 55 white buildings inspired by traditional Arab medinas. It also includes the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, still under construction.
– The dome is 36 metres high, and weighs 7,500 tonnes -almost as much as the Eiffel Tower.
– The dome is composed of eight superimposed layers: four outer layers in stainless steel and four inner layers separated by a steel structure that is five metres high.
– The layering of 7,850 patterned perforations creates what cinematographers call a “rain of light”: each ray of the sun must cross through all eight layers to reach the ground, creating an intricate and ever-shifting pattern.
– Indoor exhibition spaces will cover a total area of 8,600 square metres.
– 300 loaned pieces by 13 French museums for the inaugural year.
– The space dedicated to temporary exhibitions will cover 2,000 square metres and children’s museum has a dedicated area of 200 square metres.
– The permanent galleries will cover art and artefacts from the earliest Mesopotamian civilisations to the present day.