• November 25, 2017
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Timeline of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Ahead of the much-anticipated opening on November 11, we trace the museum’s beginnings

Staff Report
12:37 September 6, 2017
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June 26, 2005

Abu Dhabi plans to build national museum. Al Hosn Palace, the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, is to be converted into a national museum modelled after the Louvre Museum.

March 6, 2007

Historic cultural accord signed between the UAE and France to set up the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. It is developed as part of Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District project. The agreement provides for long-term loans from the Louvre and other French museums.

October 11, 2007

The French National Assembly gives its approval for the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum project. The Louvre will form an important part of Saadiyat Island Cultural District.

May 26, 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attend a ceremony to officially launch construction work at Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum to be built in the Middle East.

January 8, 2013

TDIC awards the contract to construct the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre museum to the Arabtec-led joint venture with Constructora San Jose and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC.

October 22, 2014

Dome installation marks milestone in Louvre project. The super-sized distinctive dome of Abu Dhabi Louvre was lifted and put into place, the TDIC announced.

June 15, 2016

The TDIC announces the process of removing the temporary sea protection walls, used during the main construction phase, and the integration of the sea with the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum project begins.