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Dubai: The Louvre in Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on Saturday, mesmerising visitors with a wide array of paintings, sculptures, jewellery and historic manuscripts.
With more than 620 pieces that make up its permanent collection, and 300 loaned items from French and regional museums, the collection at the iconic museum has made Abu Dhabi the capital of art, and architecture in the region.
Manuel Rabate, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, welcomed the first excited visitors at the museum.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Arab world, finally opened its doors to the public on Saturday. The opening celebration certainly did not disappoint them, as the historic moment was marked by colourful, cultural events and performances.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island on Monday, where they viewed the museum’s art installations in preparation for its official opening on 11th November 2017.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, commended the Louvre Abu Dhabi as a significant cultural milestone in the course of distinct ties between the UAE and the French Republic.