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Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open late 2016

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open at the end of 2016, according to the president of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Speaking in the French capital earlier this week, the president of the Louvre Museum Jean-Luc Martinez told the opening of the museum will be delayed until the end of next year.

The $1 billion project is getting constructed on Saadiyat Island and designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Louvre Abu Dhabi will host 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681 square metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum’s permanent collection while the 2,364 square metre Temporary Gallery host temporary exhibitions and collections.

Expected to be one of the premier cultural attractions located at Saadiyat Cultural District, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year. But the building is not expected to be delivered until spring 2016, after which the installation of the collection will take place, which according to the curator Jean-François Charnier is expected to take up to three months.

The official opening could take place on December 2, National Day in the UAE.