Openings Museums United Arab Emirates

Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on 2 December 2015

French culture minister makes official announcement while in the Gulf to rebuild diplomatic bridges

The French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti with sheikh Hazza bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the opening of the show "Birth of a Museum" in Abu Dhabi earlier this year

It’s official: the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be opening on UAE’s National Day, 2 December 2015. Aurélie Filippetti, the French minister of culture, made the announcement at the opening of Abu Dhabi Art on 19 November.

She was there with the director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, and no less than 11 other presidents and directors of French museums to reinforce the French commitment to its 30-year contract of cultural collaboration with Abu Dhabi and to rebuild diplomatic bridges after a period last year when Abu Dhabi complained that its role in the Louvre project was being conducted by Agence France-Muséums in a neglectful and high-handed way.

Martinez said that 300 masterpieces were currently being selected for loan to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Filippetti said that more importance would be given to Emirati culture and artists in the 21st-century gallery of the future museum.

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