Jean Nouvel‘s Louvre Abu Dhabi – the first universal museum in the Arab world – will open its doors to the public on November 11th. Nestled underneath a huge porous dome, the museum galleries will house an extensive collection of artworks, artifacts and loans from France’s top museums, with a particular focus on shared human stories across civilizations and cultures.

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The project is part of a 2007 intergovernmental agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates. Its 8,000 square feet of exhibition space will house permanent collections and temporary exhibits, combining artifacts and artworks from France’s top museums.

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The museum’s most distinctive feature is its vast dome comprised of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. This porous structure filters sunlight and creates a ‘rain of light’ effect reminiscent of overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.

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Two prestigious events coproduced under the French-Emirati Cultural Program will mark the inauguration week. These events were initiated over a year ago by the two countries and supported by the creative momentum generated by the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Images by Muhamed Somji

Louvre Abu Dhabi, museum, Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel, dome, green architecture, natural light, UAE, patterns, exhibition spaces

Louvre Abu Dhabi, museum, Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel, dome, green architecture, natural light, UAE, patterns, exhibition spaces

Louvre Abu Dhabi, museum, Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel, dome, green architecture, natural light, UAE, patterns, exhibition spaces