You'll No Longer Have to Go to Paris to Visit the Louvre
Paris' Louvre is arguable the most famous and recognisable museum in the world, and now Abu Dhabi has announced it will be opening the doors to its own Louvre on November 11. It's the first museum of its kind in the UAE, focusing on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures spanning the entirety of human existence.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will be borrowing from some of France's top museums for their collection, which will stretch from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary art. There will also be temporary exhibitions, a Children's Museum, restaurant, cafe and of course, a museum shop.
While what's in the museum is sure to be breathtaking, it's the building itself that will be the highlight of any visit. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum sits under a vast (180-metre) silvery dome and overlooks the sea. Cut into the dome is almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving "rain of light" beneath the dome, which is meant to represent and recreate the feeling of being underneath overlapping palm trees in one of the UAE's many oases.
It's pretty stunning stuff and no doubt will be a big drawcard for visitors to the UAE capital. Scroll to see more of it and start planning your visit.