It is an iconic development more than a decade in the making – and now the opening date for the Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to be finally announced.
The launch date of the highly-anticipated museum, the glittering crown jewel in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, will be confirmed on Wednesday, September 6.
The striking structure, the bold vision of award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, features a dome made out of 7,850 unique stars, making for a dazzling look that makes the museum very much a work of art in itself.
To the wonder of visitors, as the sun passes through perforations in the dome it creates an inspiring, cinematic effect called the 'rain of light'.
The impressive museum will be home to more than 600 artworks spanning cultures and periods, including 300 masterpieces on loan from 13 key French institutions that will be exhibited on rotation throughout the year.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will also also feature works specially commissioned by renowned, international, contemporary artists, and exhibit them in the outdoor areas and plazas of the museum.
Ambitious plans for Louvre Abu Dhabi were first revealed in 2007, with the building initially set to swing open its doors in 2012.
Now the long wait will soon be over.
His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Tourism Development & Investment Company, His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi); Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi; Hissa Al Dhaheri, Deputy Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi and Jean-Luc Martinez, President of the Musée du Louvre, will all be on hand for the historic announcement at Manarat Al Saadiyat next week.
Watch this space for the big news. We can hardly wait.