Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum in the capital of the United Arab Emirates will open to public on Nov. 11. (Xinhua Photo)
ABU DHABI, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum in the capital of the United Arab Emirates will open to public on Nov. 11 to present its galleries and hundreds of pieces of art.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum outside France which bears the name of the famous Louvre museum in Paris which opened in 1793 after the French Revolution.
Located on Saadiyat Island at the Arabian Gulf's coastline, the iconic, Arabian-style dome of the museum covers a collection of 23 permanent galleries across 6,400 square meters where a total 600 works of arts are on display during the inaugural weeks.
"Half of the works on display are loaned from the museum's 13 partner museums in France," said Mohamed Al-Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).
He added "this will be a place where visitors can connect, a place of cultural understanding and international exchange."
Architect Nouvel said the cultural complex's architecture "makes it a place of convergence and correlation between the immense sky, the sea-horizon and the territory of the desert."
He added "a double dome 180 meters in diameter, offering horizontal, perfectly radiating geometry, a randomly perforated woven material, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun."
Nouvel stressed the place's location at the coastline and the integrated waterfront promenades, "because water reflects, inspires and stands for the ongoing flow of the mind when inspired by art."
The government of oil-rich Abu Dhabi, home of seven percent of the world's known "black gold" reserves, loaned the name for 30 years and six months under a one-billion euro contract (1.159 billion U.S. dollars) as part of the intergovernmental agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France from 2007.
Among the art work highlights are Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, Auguste Rodin's Jean d'Aire and the sculpture Apollo Belvedere by Primatice.
Ancient masterpieces include a white marble Head of Buddha from China. Highlights from later periods include a red Chinese lacquer chest of drawers produced in France by Bernard II van Risenburgh, which shows the cross-cultural inspirations born from global trade routes.
Twenty-eight art works are borrowed from Arab cultural institutions. The museum contains a section for temporary exhibitions, a museum for children, auditoriums and a research center.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi welcomed 4.4 million visitors in 2016 and hopes to spur tourism and to upgrade cultural understanding among the peoples.