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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 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.
A Dh397.6 million project to improve roads and infrastructure in Abu Dhabi was announced in the capital on Saturday.
The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport at Abu Dhabi City Municipality, in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Public Services Company, Musanada, is carrying out internal roads and infrastructure projects in Shawamikh to bring roads and infrastructure to international standards and offer modern services.
Abu Dhabi is aiming to become the capital of financial technology – or fintech – in the Arabian Gulf under an initiative announced by Ahmed Al Sayegh, the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Global Market, the capital’s financial free zone.
Mr Al Sayegh announced the plan, to be prepared in cooperation with international and regional partners, at the opening session of the Global Financial Markets Forum 2016 in the capital yesterday. He said that fintech was a fast-growing part of the international financial industry.