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More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on Wednesday, drawing French President Emmanuel Macron to the Middle East on his first official visit.Macron, who is also scheduled to hold talks with UAE officials, toured the 12-gallery museum -- the first to carry the famed Louvre brand outside France -- shortly after touching down in Abu Dhabi, along with the heads of state of Morocco and Afghanistan.The opening comes a decade after France and the UAE agreed to a 30-year partnership initially reported to be worth $1.1 billion, including nearly half a billion dollars for the rights to the Louvre brand alone.The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first of three museums to open on Saadiyat Island, where the UAE plans to launch the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by Frank Gehry, and Norman Foster's Zayed National Museum.
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