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Checkout Abu Dhabi’s $1.4 Billion Louvre Museum

SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - September 11, 2017: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (4th R) and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence (2nd R), view the Archaic Sphinx, during a tour of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Seen with HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (R) and Alya Al Mansouri (3rd R). ( Mohamed Al Hammadi / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi ) ---

Louvre Abu Dhabi just opened 10 years after the project was announced in 2007.

The art museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, cost over £1 billion to make.

Abu Dhabi is renting the name “Louvre” for 30 years andy paid France £399 million to do so.

They also loaned 300 artworks from France, which cost £571 million.

Just like Paris, the museum has a Da Vinci portrait,”La Belle Ferronniere,” which is also on loan.

There are more than 620 pieces and artefacts on display including Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. There’s also a Napoleon painting from Jacques-Louis David.

Only 235 pieces are from the museum’s own collection. Loans come from 13 French museums like Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, and Versailles.