Abu Dhabi, the small, seaside capital of the United Arab Emirate with one of the world’s greatest oil reserves, is finally emerging from the shadows of its close neighbor Dubai. Tourism there is increasing in large part because of the opening of the spectacular Louvre Abu Dhabi, “a universal museum in the Arab World.”
Visitors to this satellite of the renowned Paris museum — a massive, 260,000 square foot compound designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — can view about 600 exhibits, half from their own permanent collection, including works by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Leonardo da Vinci.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will host four temporary exhibitions a year. The first, “From One Louvre to Another” begins on December 21.
For a long time, Abu Dhabi was overlooked in the shadow of its soaring neighbor Dubai.