Worker dies on Louvre Abu Dhabi museum project

The developer of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has said that one of the workers on the museum project has died – the first death on the project.

The Tourism Development and Investment Company said in a statement on Monday that the worker died in June, without giving any further details about the worker’s identity or cause of death.

It said the death is the first fatal incident on the site, where an average 5,500 workers are employed.

Construction is progressing at the site of Louvre Abu Dhabi, with the dome successfully lifted and placed into its final position late last year.

Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries.

The 6,681-square-metre Permanent Galleries will house the museum’s permanent collection taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary art works from different civilisations. There will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres for temporary exhibitions.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, when completed, will be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District. These feature Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.