Abu Dhabi – The Louvre Abu Dhabi, a partnership between the city, the Louvre and 16 other French museums and cultural institutions, has officially opened to the public. First announced in 2007, the institution is billed as ‘the first universal museum in the Arab world’, and will exhibit a variety of historical objects such as a prehistoric stone tool dating back to 350,000 BC alongside artworks from partner museums including Vincent van Gogh’s Self-portrait.
The museum is located on Saadiyat Island, a £14bn ($18bn, €15bn) project designed to transform the capital into a global cultural hub, and will later be joined by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum, which is under construction. Oil-rich regions in the Middle East are increasingly considering ways to move away from their reliance on fossil fuels and establish themselves as key players on the global cultural stage. Read our Saudi Arabia Travel Market to find out more.