ince a little over a month ago, the “island of happiness” too has its own museum. Designed by Jean Nouvel, the new Louvre Museum was constructed on a patch of dry land known as Saadyat (the island of happiness) in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
And given its location, Louvre Abu Dhabi was boune to be a truly breathtaking building: think of a medina with a huge shiny dome with a 180 m diameter and then add a staggering 7850 silver metal stars that let the sun filter through.
First brought to the drawing board in 2007, tickets to this exclusive museum have been sold out since its opening. Unfortunately, at the moment it’s impossible to gaze at the cascade of lights that filter through the dome as well as the sculptural tree by Giuseppe Penone that towers over the central square. Likewise, it won’t be possible to wonder through the museum’s 23 rooms with over 600 works of art on display, ranging from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary masterpieces (several items are on loan from important French museums) and chosen to illustrate the evolution of mankind.
This new branch of Louvre Museum also includes: temporary exhibitions, a kids’ museum, an auditorium, a restaurant, a boutique and a coffee shop, but to see this you will have to wait for the long waiting list to be over. But, if you’d still like to take a peak, you can take a stroll along the sea-front to enjoy this architectural masterpiece. The view is breathtaking and undoubtedly it’ll make you dream.
Where: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sadyat, United Arab Emirates