When you think of The Louvre, Paris is likely the first city that comes to mind. However, the museum’s Abu Dhabi location is just as magical.
The museum, which is located in the city’s Saadiyat Island Cultural District, spans about 260,000 square feet, including approximately 86,000 square feet of gallery space. As the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula, The Louvre Abu Dhabi boasts around 700 pieces of art, some of which date back thousands of years — affording visitors the opportunity to travel back in time.
What’s more, the museum’s exteriors are just as stunning as its interiors — which comes as no surprise, considering it took more than eight years to build. It was designed by award-winning architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel, who sought inspiration in traditional Arabian architecture. The structure’s most striking feature? Its domed roof, which features an intricate geometric pattern that glimmers throughout the day and night. Other highlights include a slew of man-made pools and winding canals.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi also offers an array of programming, such as classes and workshops for guests of all ages. A few of our favorites include yoga classes, along with kayaking tours around the museum. If you’re up for the adventure, consider one of the sunrise or full moon paddling excursions.
After a day well spent exploring, you’ll likely work up an appetite. Refuel with a bite to eat at one of the three on-site restaurants. Aptitude Cafe offers postcard-worthy city views, while Fouquet’s offers incredible fine dining that’s well worth the splurge. Alternatively, pop into the Museum Cafe, which is stocked with grab-and-go staples that are best enjoyed on the adjacent terrace.
Surrounding the museum, you’ll find the lush Louvre Abu Dhabi Park. Here, you can stroll along the water, take in the stunning views, and people-watch. The greenery-filled park provides the perfect environment for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.