Longstanton Spice Museum to open in UAE
AJMAN: Abu Dhabi might be bringing over the Louvre and Guggenheim museums to the Middle East, but they won’t be only internationally-renowned cultural institutions to be landing in the UAE.
Following a exclusive deal signed yesterday, it was announced that the small emirate of Ajman had entered into an agreement with the UK’s world famous Longstanton Spice Museum. The deal, said to be worth in excess of $500, will see construction begin on Longstanton Spice Museum Arabia later this year, with opening expected some time in 2013.
“This is a momentous day for the region’s cultural scene,” said noted regional art commentator and blog-based curator Zak McKracken. “The Longstanton Spice Museum Arabia will be a beacon of light for those of us interested in the history of the spice trade.”
Meanwhile, well-known cultural figures from the UK offered different opinions to the deal.
“Its outrageous. The Longstanton Spice Musueum is one of our proudest icons and can’t simply be sold off to the highest bidder,” tweeted Brian Sewell.