15 Interesting Facts About The Louvre Abu Dhabi

e-meter plot of land on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 metres off Abu Dhabi's shore that is home to a number of tourism and development projects.


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Here are some key figures:

  1. The museum is located on a 97,000-square-meter plot of land on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 metres off Abu Dhabi’s shore that is home to a number of tourism and development projects.
  2. To build the museum’s foundations, engineers had to move 503,000 cubic metres of sand.
  3. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of 55 white structures inspired by traditional Arab medinas that make up a huge “museum city.” It also includes the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which is still being built.
  4. There will be 23 permanent galleries at the museum.
  5. The entire region is encircled by a 36-meter-high silvery dome that weighs 7,500 tonnes, almost as much as the Eiffel Tower.
  6. Because the dome’s four pillars are buried within the museum, it appears to float.
  7. The dome is made up of eight superimposed layers: four stainless steel exterior layers and four interior levels separated by a five-metre-high steel structure.
  8. A “shower of light” is created by layering 7,850 patterned perforations: each ray of the sun must pass through all eight levels to reach the ground, creating an elaborate and ever-shifting pattern.
  9. A total of 8,600 square metres of indoor show space will be available.
  10. The museum’s galleries will span 6,400 square metres and will include 600 works of art, 300 of which will be leased from 13 French museums for the first year.
  11. The temporary exhibition space will be 2,000 square metres, and the children’s museum will have a specific area of 200 square metres.
  12. Art and artefacts from the earliest Mesopotamian civilisations to the current day will be displayed in the permanent galleries.
  13. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was founded in 2007 as a result of an Emirati request and is governed by a Paris-Abu Dhabi intergovernmental agreement.
  14. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is reported to have cost over a billion euros to build, with the Louvre brand alone costing over 400 million euros.
  15. The museum’s building is expected to cost over 600 million euros, however expenses have grown due to finance and construction delays.

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