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Louvre Abu Dhabi is establishing itself as one of the leading cultural institutions on the global stage. The diversity of its audiences not only reflects Abu Dhabis multicultural society, but also illustrates how its ambition and universal narrative, which aim to create bridges between cultures and nurture dialogue between communities, appeal to many, from seasoned art enthusiasts to younger audiences and families.

Since its opening on 11 November 2017, in partnership with French museum partners, Louvre Abu Dhabi has welcomed more than one million visitors in its first year. The regions architectural icon celebrates its anniversary with a vibrant programme welcoming local communities and visitors from around the world.

Manuel Rabat, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: From the beginning, this project has embodied Abu Dhabis bold vision and we have endeavoured to offer experiences that celebrate human creativity in our galleries and programmes. Not only are we privileged to gather such treasures under our iconic dome on Saadiyat island, but we are also thrilled that so many visitors came to discover our universal narrative this year. On one hand, we have access to some of the most incredible collections and benefit from collaborating with some of the worlds most qualified museum experts. On the other, being a young museum in this region empowers us to be experimental and encourages us to be agile to appeal to our incredibly diverse audiences. Before the opening, we were often asked if there was an appetite for museums in Abu Dhabi and the amazing response weve had in our first year is proving that there is.

Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates cross-cultural connections that transcend geographies and civilisations, to see humanity in a new light. Muhammed Nafie reports

World-class acquisitions

This autumn, Louvre Abu Dhabi unveiled 11 new world-class acquisitions in its permanent galleries, alongside new significant loans from 13 French partner institutions as well as regional and international museums. As part of this years first large-scale loan rotation, and in partnership with French museum partners, the museum curated a major rehang of its modern and contemporary art galleries, updated its displays, and showcased approximately 40 new incredible masterpieces for all visitors to discover and explore in the forthcoming year. Some major loans, including Leonardo da Vincis La Belle Ferronnire from Muse du Louvre and Whistlers Portrait of the Artists Mother from Muse dOrsay will stay in Abu Dhabi for another year, totalling 300 loans on display.

Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of Muse du Louvre, and president of the scientific council of Agence France- Musums said: One year ago, Louvre Abu Dhabi, which some described as the most beautiful museum in the world, opened. Today, I pay tribute to an undeniable success: the museum appeals to and charms audiences. The exceptional collaboration between the French museum partners and our colleagues in the UAE is at the heart of this success, not only thanks to the quality of the 300 loans exhibited alongside an already rich Emirati collection but also due to the ambition of the exhibitions of international quality organised successively in partnership with French museums.

Louvre Abu Dhabi has become a global magnet for international visitors who account for 60 per cent of visits. The museum is driving tourism to the Emirate and visitors comes from all parts of the globe, including the Middle East, Europe and Asia, with France, Germany, China, UK, the US, India and GCC being the top visitors. Overall, India is the top nationality of visitors, including Indian tourists and UAE residents.

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Publication:Oman Economic Review (OER)
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Date:Dec 2, 2018
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