Abu Dhabi Announces Louvre and Guggenheim Opening Dates

Abu Dhabi has announced the opening dates  of a number of new cultural attractions, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum of modern art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum exhibiting more historical artworks.

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) announced the expected opening dates for three new exhibition spaces, with the Guggenheim and Louvre being joined by the Zayed National Museum. The first to open will be the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2015, followed the next year by the Zayed National Museum. Then in 2017 the Guggenheim Aby Dhabi is expected to begin welcoming its first guests.

The Louvre complex of buildings will house a variety of works from a broad selection of cultures and civilisations, while the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, as with the other Guggenheim museums like those in New York and Bilbao, will focus on more contemporary artworks and artefacts. The Zayed National Museum will contain exhibitions exploring the history of the United Arab Emirates, as well as telling the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

TDIC has overseen the schedule of works and preparations for the opening of the three new museums, and worked closely with the British Museum in London, Agence France Museums and the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation.

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