Construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is nearing completion and will soon enter a rigorous preparation phase prior to art work installation and handover this year, it has been announced. The update was revealed as former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who signed the original agreement to build the museum in 2007, toured the construction site with Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of the UAE’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

Sarkozy, who has close ties to the project since initiating its intergovernmental agreement in 2007, witnessed themuseum’s completed dome’s ‘rain of light’ effect, as envisioned by Louvre Abu Dhabi’s architect Jean Nouvel, and the installation work of 30,000 square metres of natural stone paving.

In welcoming Sarkozy to the Louvre site, Al Mansoori said: “We are pleased to observe that the museum’s construction continues to be on track, and we expect to handover the building in mid-2016.”.. see more

source: arabianbusiness