The museum structure was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel.
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More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time.The Emirati state is promoting the museum as the first of its kind – a 23-gallery "museum city in the sea" on Saadiyat Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi.Some 5 percent of the museum is dedicated to contemporary and modern art, including a monumental piece by Chinese artist-dissident Ai Weiwei. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first of three museums to open its doors to the public on Saadiyat Island, where the UAE plans to launch the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by Frank Gehry, and the Norman Foster-designed Zayed National Museum.
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