Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water, May 24, 2016.
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open its doors to the public in November, bringing Mesopotamian artifacts and post-impressionist masterpieces to the first Louvre-branded museum outside of France. Housing 600 works of art, including 300 loaned by 13 French museums for the inaugural year, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the Arab world's "first universal museum". The works on loan to Abu Dhabi include Leonardo da Vinci's La Belle Ferronniere from the Louvre, which houses the world's largest collection of art, and Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait from the Musee d'Orsay.While the Louvre Abu Dhabi will not lack its Rodins and Gaugins, for some the museum's real heart is its exhibits of ancient artifacts acquired by the United Arab Emirates.The planned opening comes a decade after France and the UAE agreed a 30-year partnership worth $1.1 billion, under which many top French museums will loan art to Abu Dhabi.
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