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Reflecting upon the challenges of building a world-class museum in the UAE, Manuel Rabate?Rabate? is the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of several high-profile museum projects the emirate announced for its long-delayed cultural enclave of Saadiyat Island. A decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public Saturday, the first of Saadiyat's projects to come to fruition.said, "but the full name is Louvre Abu Dhabi, so there's this encounter that is happening.The new museum's managers have been at pains to stress that LAD is not a franchise of the Paris Louvre. The relationship between the two museums is, rather, a contractual one, which allows LAD to use the Louvre's name for 30 years and six months, to borrow French museum pieces for 10 years and to stage exhibitions for 15 years. Co-curated by Louvre president and director Jean-Luc Martinez and the museum's prints and drawings curator Juliette Trey, the show will relate the history of the Paris Louvre.Destined to be among the architectural landmarks the emirate will use to define itself internationally, Nouvel's museum is topped with a dome devised of an eight-layer metal latticework, pierced by nearly 8,000 perforations to admit natural light day and night.LAD's premiere show itself mingles a selection of works from the museum's 200-odd acquisitions and 300 borrowed pieces – most on loan from French institutions, including the Paris Louvre.
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