The Louvre Abu Dhabi has welcomed over a million visitors since its opening a year ago, including more than half of foreign tourists, said Friday the Authority of Tourism and Culture of Abu Dhabi.
The museum was inaugurated with great fanfare in November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron and the strongman of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed ben Zayed Al-Nahyane.
“A year ago, we presented the Louvre Abu Dhabi as a gift to the world. Today, we are proud to have shared it with more than one million visitors, “said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, president of the Tourism and Culture Authority.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has become a favorite meeting place with family or friends for residents of the United Arab Emirates, who represent 40% of visitors. Foreign tourists – from the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Asia – account for 60% of visitors.
For the first anniversary of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, dance performances, concerts and a special exhibition devoted to the history of commerce in the region.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the name of the Louvre outside France, has nearly 600 rooms in a modern and luminous structure. It is located on the island of Saadiyat, a tourist and cultural center in full development on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates.