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Details of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening ceremony announced



We’ve been patiently waiting for the magic that is the Louvre Abu Dhabi to open its doors for quite some time now… and, today, the first details of the already iconic structure’s opening ceremony have been announced.

To commemorate its grand debut, which takes place on Saturday, November 11, the organisers have announced that they are flying in a string of international talent.

French singer Matthieu Chedid, Malian performer Fatoumata Diawara and Lebanese jazz musician Ibrahim Maalouf as well as dancer and singer Toto La Momposina are just a few acts on the bill.

Speaking on the family-friendly event, the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabate said: “The spectacular opening week programme really is a celebration of diversity, bringing together talented musicians, artists and performers from countries spanning the globe, and will offer a colourful and unforgettable experience to launch this project.”

We. Can’t. Wait.

To help us and you, get through the next 12 days, we’ve gathered complied a short list of facts about the stunning landmark…

  • Much like its counterpart in Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature a number of alluded art works from leading French institutions such as the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
  • The must-visit site will be home to roughly 700 exhibits. Some of the loans will include Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait, Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare and Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniére – the piece will be the first painting by da Vinci to be exhibited in the Middle East.
  • The already world-renowned museum’s design was inspired by the UAE’s rich architecture and tradition. Once complete, the museum will consist of 55 detached buildings, 23 of which will be used to house galleries.
  • The building was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel.
  • Its unique design has already earned international recognition and critical acclaim, The Times of London named it as one of the 10 buildings to get excited about this year.
  • The total weight of the museum’s dome is 7,500 tones, the same as the Eiffel Tower.

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