Abu Dhabi, 12/10/2015 12:30:00 AM - December 9, 2015 – The Tourism Development & Investment Company’s (TDIC) Chairman, His Excellency Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Arabtec’s Chairman Mr. Mohammed Thani Murshed Al Rumaithi and TDIC’s CEO Mr. Sufian H. Al Marzooqi toured the Louvre Abu Dhabi construction site earlier this week. The officials witnessed the latest construction progress taking place across the museum’s buildings, including the commencement of the installation of 30,000 square metres of natural stone paving.
Louvre Abu Dhabi recently celebrated the completion of the outer cladding on its iconic 180 metre wide dome; work is also progressing on the museum’s main gallery spaces, the basement levels, and the entrance and administration buildings. A significant next step in the museum’s construction is the removal of the 14-metre deep temporary concrete hydraulic cut-off walls currently built in the sand so that work could commence on dry land. Once that takes place, seawater will then be allowed to flow in gradually until the museum appears to be gently floating in the sea.
“We are very pleased with the advanced progress that has been achieved to date in regards to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s construction. Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the most significant and highly anticipated projects of the coming year and we are monitoring its progress very closely with our partners and contractors. Construction of the museum is in its final stages and we are looking forward to a handover of the building taking place mid-2016,” said H.E. Al Mansoori.
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s construction was awarded to an Arabtec-led joint venture with Constructora San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC in 2013. Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature 12 Permanent Galleries, a Temporary Exhibition Space, a Children’s Museum and an Auditorium, while its iconic dome will offer museum visitors an enchanting ‘rain of light’ effect.
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