Parisian museum "The Louvre" in Abu Dhabi
Parisian museum The Louvre confirmed an outpost in Abu Dhabi. Middle East is becoming very intresting in art the last years. One of their next plans is to create their own museum. The Emirate is undertaking an ambitious plan to open Saadiat Island's Cultural District, a compound of cluster of world-class cultural assets that will be ready in 2015. There are plans for a Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Modern Art Museum designed by Frank Gehry, the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, which will trace the country’s heritage, a performing Arts Centre designed by Zaha Hadid and a Maritime Museum which will extoll the great seafaring history of the region, designed by Tadao Ando. The jewel in the Abu Dhabi cultural crown will be a Jean Nouvel designed Louvre outpost measuring 24.000 sqm with 8.000 sqm of exhibition space. The museum will have access to many works from the Louvre in Paris as well as loans from the Centre George Pompidou, the Musee d'Orsay and the Palace of Versailles. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has paid 4.8 billion dirham or 621 million USD, and judging from the list of works already acquired it looks like there’s plenty more money in the piggy bank for further investment in the arts.