In recent years, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has initiated a number of projects designed to boost its standing as a cultural destination. In addition to housing the 450,000-square-foot Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the new Cultural District on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will serve as the home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Due to open in 2015, the Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a long-standing art exchange agreement between Abu Dhabi and France.
Thanks to its connection with the world-famous museum in France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature artworks from French museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, and Centre Pompidou. The museum will also pay tribute to Abu Dhabi’s location at the heart of the Silk Route, which existed for many centuries as the primary means of communication and commerce between East and West. The central display will take visitors on a historical journey through periods such as the birth of civilization, the birth of Islam, the classical period, and the modern era.