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Louvre Abu Dhabi The First Universal Museum In The Arab World

🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a renowned art museum located in the cultural district of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The origins of Louvre Abu Dhabi date back to March 2007. The UAE and France formed an unprecedented partnership for cultural exchange, and the highlight of this would be theestablishment of Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. The partnership would combine the UAE’s bold vision of cultural progression and openness, with France’s expertise in the world of art and museums. It would explore the shared themes that reveal and connect humanity.



The result is Louvre Abu Dhabi. It represents the dynamic nature of the contemporary Arab world while celebrating theregion’s vibrant multicultural heritage. Agence France-Muséums – 17 of France’s most renowned cultural institutions – coordinates the loan of artworks to this UAE museum and provides management expertise.


This philosophy guides the museum in everything it does, from its foundation as a collaboration between two cultures,to the dazzling architecture that combines French design with Arabic heritage. Louvre Abu Dhabi applies a strictinternational protocol for artworks entering the collection, as outlined in the intergovernmental agreement between AbuDhabi and France, signed in 2007. This protocol is strictly aligned with the 1970 UNESCO convention and follows themost demanding standards of major museums in the world.



In conjunction with the Musée du Louvre and the authorities of Abu Dhabi, works are selected for acquisition by Louvre Abu Dhabi based on art historical importance, condition, provenance, and curatorial narrative in telling stories of cultural connections that span a diversity of histories and geographies, from the Palaeolithic era to present day. The Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to be a center for cultural education and enrichment. The museum offers a wide range ofeducational programs, including workshops, lectures, guided tours, and interactive activities for visitors of all ages. Its mission extends beyond art appreciation, seeking to foster dialogue and understanding among different cultures and backgrounds.



The establishment of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has had a significant impact on the cultural landscape of the region. It has played a crucial role in positioning Abu Dhabi as a global cultural hub and attracting visitors from around the world. The museum's presence has also spurred the development of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, which is set to house other world-class museums, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum.


Overall, the Louvre Abu Dhabi stands as a testament to the power of art in bridging cultures and fostering dialogue. Its impressive collection, architectural magnificence, and commitment to cross-cultural understanding make it a significant destination for art enthusiasts and cultural travelers in the UAE and beyond.Page 2 of 2

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