8 Things About Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi is now open to visitors, and you are sure to look forward to a visit anytime soon. Before you head to the site, there are some things you must know about the architectural magnificence. We have listed the top points about Dubai’s spectacular destination, so you are well aware of the place before your visit.

Inspiration behind the innovation

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the brainchild of Pritzker award-winning architect Jean Nouvel. He has used traditional Arabic styles to create his ‘museum city’ that floats on the sea. The inspiration of this place came from medinas and low-lying settlements of traditional Arab. It takes the visitors through the glory of rich Arabian history.

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Image Credit: Louvre Abu Dhabiís plaza © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

The dome

55 individual buildings fall under one huge dome and exhibit intricately designed interiors. The dome is the most talked off construction as it symbolizes the world of Arab. Apart from the aesthetic appeal, it works like a shed to protect visitors from summer heat. The weight of the dome is 7,500 tonnes and the construction began in 2009.

Rain of light

The architectural structure of Louvre Abu Dhabi has holes all over the ceiling to let sunlight come in. They call this ‘rain of light’ that passes through eight layers. The layers were designed to filter the sunlight and you are not exposed direct UV rays but just the light.


The site has 23 galleries, one temporary exhibition space, one children’s museum and one 1,200-seater auditorium. The total number of buildings are 55 and every zone is dedicated to some activities to do or sites to see.

Water level

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Image Credit: Louvre Abu Dhabiís exterior with Abu Dhabiís skyline (night) © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

The high external point of Louvre Abu Dhabi is 40 m above sea level and 36 m above the ground floor level. The dome is designed 29 m above the ground floor level.

Cool on the inside

Louvre has its microclimate due as the dome works like a canopy – keeping the light in but, not direct sunlight. The structure brightens up more with reflective materials, while the stone floor keeps the place cooler. Thus, the temperature is pleasant all the time.

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Image Credit: View overlooking the sea © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji


Jean Nouvel designed a café that follows the optical art movement back from the 1960s. The décor looks almost white from one side, but when you look on the other side you see colors of the rainbow. There is also one restaurant that is set to open in the following year. This too is designed by Nouvel and will gives you touch of Arabic patterns with the backdrop of the ocean.


The art pieces that you are going to come to see inside the buildings will cover everything you need to know about human history. They exhibit evolution of human, civilizations, empires, religion, trade, and more.
Now that you are prepared and you know what to expect for Louvre Abu Dhabi, it is time to book your visit. You can visit the place from 10 am to 8 pm from Saturday to Wednesday, and from 10 am to 10 pm on Thursday and Friday. The museum is closed on Mondays only.

Check out this amazing

Louvre Abu Dhabi 4K Time Lapse video


Also if you are planing to visit Louvre Abu Dhabi then do not forget to cheeck out Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque

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