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Opening date announced for Jean Nouvel-design Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

The official opening date for the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been announced as November 11, first revealed on Twitter by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

Sheikh Mohamed said, “The UAE boosts its global cultural presence with the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi in November 11. It serves as a cradle for art & culture.”

He said the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, reflects the UAE’s approach towards cultural connectivity and its pursuit to become a beacon of knowledge and tolerance.

The delayed project was announced as reaching its “final stages” earlier this year.

“The building will then enter an important preparation phase, essential for a museum of this magnitude that includes testing,” Louvre Abu Dhabi said in February.

The museum, located in Saadiyat Cultural District, was announced in 2007, with Reuters reporting in 2016 that TDIC, the developer, is scheduled to hand over the $650 million (AED2.38 billion) museum to Abu Dhabi’s Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) in mid-2016, Arabian Business reported.

Earlier this month, the French ambassdor to the UAE visited the site and posted a number of images, both of the structure itself and the interior of the building.

Custom furniture by Jean Nouvel has also been revealed for the museum, inspired by the building’s domed roof.

Italian artist Guiseppe Penone and American aritst Jenny Holzer have also created site-specific installations for the museum, including a bronze tree and fingerprint tile.