The Parisian Louvre is ready to move, or better, to extend one of its arms to reach a far-away land. And the far-away land in question is the Persian Gulf. Abu Dhabi is, in fact, aiming to become the cultural centre of the Middle East. And what best way if not to borrow some Louvre goodness?
The Louvre in Abu Dhabi will be nested in the cultural district of Saadiyat Island, close the to the city centre. Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Louvre will be one gem in the midst of other architectural and cultural icons, such as the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank O. Gehry, a New York University campus, and more. The Louvre in Abu Dhabi will be a meeting point of cultures from more worlds, Asia, Europe and Africa. To remind the visitors of Paris, however, will just be the name. The structure itself will be quite futuristic, covered by a delicate, intricate cupola, all in white, looking like a cocoon on the water.
However, to keep the whole ordeal a little more connected to the original Louvre, the first exhibition is said to be hosting a load of masterpieces borrowed by the French. Merci beaucoup!