General Travel News

Opening of The Lourve Abu Dhabi pushed back

Abu Dhabi is once again pushing back the opening of local branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim art museums, after a fresh review of the projects, the government's tourism arm said on Wednesday.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, a spin-off of the famous Paris museum, will now open in 2015 while Abu Dhabi's branch of New York's Guggenheim, will open in 2017, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said in a statement.

The Zayed National Museum will open in 2016, the statement said. All the three museums were originally scheduled to open between 2013 and 2014.

Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, has plans to invest billions of dollars in tourism, infrastructure and industry to diversify its economy away from oil.

Across the oil-rich state, which accounts for more than half of the United Arab Emirates' economy, government-backed real estate, commercial and tourism projects, many conceived during the boom years of 2003-2008, are under review and in some cases being delayed or put on hold.

In October, the emirate delayed the opening of the Louvre and Guggenheim branches and the Zayed National Museum planned for the Saadiyat Island, a $27 billion project incorporating art, culture and resorts.

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the emirate's advisory body on Tuesday said it approved a raft of multi-billion dollar projects including the museums. It did not state the budgets or timelines.

"These institutions are strategic components of the Abu Dhabi Government's vision for the Emirate and this timeline has been finalized in close coordination with its partners and advisors, Agence France Museums, The British Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation," the statement said.

Substantial work has already been completed on the museums. Detailed architectural designs have now been finalized, as well as all foundation and piling work, the statement added without giving details of costs.

More General Travel News
Collect souvenirs from the first Emirates Airbus A380
Mauritius welcomes back tourists after lifting restrictions
flydubai touches down in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Latest Travel News
Mauritius welcomes back tourists after l...
flydubai touches down in Ljubljana, Slov...
Four new hotels opening soon in Dubai...
Featured Sights To See
British Museum

British Museum

London, United Kingdom

The founding of the British Museum can be traced back to one man.  Sir Hans Sloane had a lucrative physician practice, serving three monarchs, and was a prodigious collector of rarities.  When he died in 1753 at the ripe old age of 92, he left his collection to the British people (not wanting to see it broken up). The initial donation of 71,000 objects included 40,000 books, plant and ...

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Stage dramas, painting and photography exhibitions, pottery or some type of workshop or musical can be found going on at the art center. It’s a favourite amongst Colomboites. Open: Monday-Friday 9AM-1PM and 2-4PM. No 18 Guilford Crescent, Colombo 07, Phone: 0094112 695794. ...

MuseuMAfrica

MuseuMAfrica

Johannesburg, South Africa

The MuseuMAfrica is one of the largest history museums of the city and is housed in a building that was constructed as the city's first fresh produce market in 1913. It highlights the transformation of Johannesburg over time and how it came to be what it is today.   MuseuMAfrica Address: 121 Bree Street Telephone: +27 (0)11 833 5624 Opening hours: Tues-Sun 0900-1700 Admission ...

Old East Gate

Old East Gate

Hanoi, Vietnam

Cua O Quan Chong, or the Old East Gate, is the only one of the original sixteen gates that provided access to the old city still standing. The Old East Gate is located within the Old Quarters of Hanoi; and dates back from the time when Hanoi was a medieval city. Address: Junction of Hang Chieu and Dao Duy Tu Street. ...