The Louvre Abu Dhabi By Kemal Fusilero

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art gallery showcasing a vast collection of artworks. The Louvre Abu Dhabi bridges the gap of the western and eastern cultures through a display and exhibition exchange between the Louvre of France, displaying works of art from Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Leonardo Da Vinci as well as showcasing the Museum’s own collection. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is currently the largest museum in the Arabian Peninsula.

 

How to Get there with your eZhire Vehicle.

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is located on Saadiyat Island and is 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and One Hour from Dubai. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is accessible by the highway with your ezhire vehicle.

If you are coming from Abu Dhabi you can take the route that takes you to the Zayed Port Area then follow the signs from Yas Island and take the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge to Saadiyat Island. Follow the Sheikh Khalifa Highway E12 to the cultural district to Louvre Abu Dhabi.

If you are coming from Dubai take the Saadiyat Island/ Yas Island exit on Sheikh  Khalifa Highway E12 and drive through Yas Highway to the cultural district on Saadiyat Island.

 

What is the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the product of UAE’s vision for cultural progression and openness that also celebrates the dynamic cultural nature of the contemporary Arab world. The Louvre Abu Dhabi combines the architectural designs of classical France and the contemporary Arab designs. The exhibits in the Abu Dhabi is not arranged by cultural origin but by chronological origin celebrating humankind’s advancement through time.

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Museum Gallery

The current fascinating artworks on display are curated in several galleries. Visitors are first introduced to a sculpture of an Egyptian deity Isis, a sculpture of the virgin and the child among others.

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The First Gallery is entitled The First Villagers displaying sculptures such that of a Bactrian Princess. The First Gallery focuses on humankind’s early beginnings.

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The Second Gallery focuses on The First Great powers of civilization. Artifacts on display are from the Egyptian civilization that includes a funeral set from princess Henuttawy and Minoan Pottery and other sculptures.

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The Third Gallery is about the Civilization and Empires. On display are an archaic sphinx, a fang shu vase and a Fayoum portrait among others

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The 4th Gallery focuses on enlightenment and is named as Universal Religion and on displays are relics such as a two-volume gothic bible, a dancing Shiva and a leaf from the Holy Blue Qur’an.

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The 5th Gallery is about the silk trade route from Asia and focusing works from a Buddha Head, Precious China, and an Ushak Medallion Carpet.

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The Museum’s gallery showcases a carefully curated display of humankind’s cultural achievement through time, from the early roots on the Euphrates and Nile river to the towering civilizations of Sicily the gallery displays each artwork from every civilization of the world as it ages through time.

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The Gallery takes you on a journey from classical art to modern expressionism making the Louvre a global stage for culture.

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Exhibitions

The Louvre Abu Dhabi host four exhibits with collaboration with France and its thirteen museum partners for the enjoyment of visitors of the Louvre. The exhibitions follow the museum’s theme highlight comparisons, culture, and style between civilizations.

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Children’s Museum

The Louvre Abu Dhabi also showcases a children’s museum to provide a learning experience for young visitors. The Children’s Museum aims to inspire a young artist by immersing them with ideas of art and culture.

The Children’s Museum provides family-focused exhibitions and interactive workshops to make the visit more fun for the entire family. The Children’s Museum acts as a stepping stone for young visitors to appreciate art, culture, and expressionism exhibited by the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Events

The Louvre Abu Dhabi also hosts music performances and multicultural performances that are family friendly and open to all.

The events showcased is a classical performance by world-renowned violinist, pianist, and even orchestras. The Louvre Abu Dhabi also hosts performances displaying a variety of dances from different cultures as well as vocal performances from a renowned artist.

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is also a masterpiece in its own right. Designed by international architect Jean Nouvel and inspired by the architecture and traditions of the United Arab Emirates the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the symbol of the nations achievement and cultural heritage.

The design features a floating dome of light, the centerpiece of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The Dome weights 7500 tons, almost the same as the famous Eiffel Tower and appears as if it is floating due its unique design. The Dome is a complex puzzle of  7850 stars designed in different sizes and angles and spread across eight layers to filter the harsh sunlight into the museum to create an inspiring aura of light inside.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi provides a unique perspective on art and culture by displaying humankind’s culture as a whole as it ages with time. It bridges the gap between eastern and western ideas and philosophies and showcasing their uniqueness and similarities at the same time.
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