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The Louvre Abu Dhabi


The Louvre Abu Dhabi was conceived from an intergovernmental agreement between the United Arab Emirates and France, signed in 2007. As per the intergovernmental agreement, Louvre Abu Dhabi has access to expertise and training from 17 French partner institutions, as well as loans from 13 leading French museums for 10 years. Additionally, these institutions will support with programming special exhibitions at Louvre Abu Dhabi for 15 years.

  • The museum’s collection includes more than 620 important artworks and artifacts spanning the entirety of human history around the world.
  • At the opening, 235 works from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s own collection are displayed in the galleries.
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi has partnered with important museums and cultural institutions in the Arab world who will lend 28 significant works
  • The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah shared a pendant dating back to 2000-1800 BCE
  • A painted Neolithic vase discovered on Abu Dhabi’s 8000-year-old Marawah Island settlement
  • Al Ain National Museum shared an important fragment of stucco from an ancient church in Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas Island
  • A prehistoric stone tool dating back to 350,000 BCE from the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage
  • A collection of over 400 silver Dirham coins from the National Museum – Sultanate of Oman
  • The Ain Ghazal Statue, an 8000-year-old two-headed figure from Jordan’s Department of Antiquities
  • From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone – inaugural special exhibition opens on 21 December 2017, and traces the history of musée du Louvre in Paris in the 18th century