September 21st, 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi is an universal museum through art, presenting human creation and humanity throughout the years of evolution. Louvre Museum is already famous around the entire world so there is no need for future presentation. Hosting pieces of art with a value hard to estimate, Louvre is a trademark for Paris and also France. Visitors are simply amazed by the beauties inside the world’s largest museum and the iconic art galleries which spread on a surface of 73,000 square meters. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is willing to bring enlightenment and self reflection for those who truly admire and appreciate the fabulous art within. There will be more to visit in the world’s second Louvre Museum such as temporary exhibitions, shops, restaurants or even a children’s museum. UAE is widely known for the fast growing and sustainable economy which literally boosts the human imagination to concepts that can turn into reality.
Flying next to a plane or floating on water being propelled by a strong jet are just a few sports that in Dubai were brought to life. World’s tallest building or world’s first artificial island, a center of luxury where gold and diamonds are just a common thing, these represent just a small bit of the entire picture and are not enough to describe UAE. The fabulous country has made huge investments in tourism, infrastructure, health system and also research which leads to innovation and progress on a global scale. Having these unique features, the capital Abu Dhabi has proven one more time that “impossible” in the UAE is nothing but a mirage in the desert. The idea of building a second Louvre Museum in Middle East was not really taken into consideration by many specialists at first. Since the 7th of March 2007 when the decision was taken for the Louvre Abu Dhabi to be built in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, many critics were thinking this will never work. The estimated construction was set to finish in 2012 but due to an entire series of delays which is absolutely normal for such a vast and tremendous project, 2017 seems to be the ending date.
Louvre Abu Dhabi was obviously designed by a french architect and not anyone other than Jean Nouvel who is also the winner of Pritzker Prize. He was the only person able to create a strong connection between eastern and western culture, amplifying the modern approach and strong ambition of an entire nation.
Palm leaf is a common traditional material used to cover the roofs. The dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi which gathers an impressive number of stars and layers is inspired from the palm leaf and creates an interesting effect when the sun goes through. Covering a surface of nearly 260,000 sq ft, the museum will host not only international masterpieces but also art loans from the Louvre Paris and other French Institutions. The costs are exorbitant and can easily reach 1.5 billion $ as only the management strategy along with art loans will reach 600 million $. By only being allowed to use the “Louvre” brand, UAE had to pay 530 million $ regardless the construction itself which is estimated at 110 million $.
For sure this collaboration is the largest cultural partnership in the world and has the unique character of connecting two different cultures. The Emirates leaders have decided to achieve a 27 billion $ investment in culture and besides Louvre Abu Dhabi, a few more museums and art galleries are planned for developing.
Respecting your values and having a continuous desire for knowledge are the key features of a progressive society. UAE has proven that not only gold and oil are the reason of being famous throughout the entire world, but also partnerships and collaborations that can lead to a flourishing education. Louvre Abu Dhabi is another example of how people can learn from each other and can easily develop ideas and projects that build a prosperous future.