It’s not a mirage: Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum “floats” on water
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It’s not a mirage: Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum “floats” on water

ABU DHABI — Just when you thought the UAE couldn’t get any more spectacular, new images have been released of Abu Dhabi’s highly anticipated “floating Louvre.”

According to Lonely Planet, architect Jean Nouvel envisioned the Louvre Abu Dhabi as a series of buildings floating on the Arabian Gulf, which also illuminate at night by 4,500 lights. His vision has become one step closer to reality, now that the temporary walls that surround the museum have been removed, allowing the sea to come right up to the 55 buildings that make up the ‘museum city.’

Upon completion, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will showcase works of art from around the world, with a particular focus on bridging the cultural gap between East and West. The museum’s collection has already been previewed at the Louvre Paris in 2014 in the exhibition ‘Birth of a Museum.’

Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum

Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum

Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum

Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum

Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre Museum

While the museum was originally slated for completion back in 2012, several delays in construction have forced the opening date to be consistently postponed. The latest reports suggest a late 2016 opening, although no exact date has been confirmed.