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Louvre Abu Dhabi to Wait “At Least a Year” Before Adding Mall

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Louvre Abu Dhabi to Wait “At Least a Year” Before Adding Mall

Louvre Abu Dhabi to Wait “At Least a Year” Before Adding Mall

The decision has been met with widespread disappointment across the region

Saying they wanted to give enough time for the UAE’s new cultural landmark to flourish as a home for artistic appreciation, the management team behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi has revealed that the development of an adjoining shopping mall won’t commence for at least a year.

“It’s important that we allow this breathtaking and record-breaking offering to the art world to thrive on its own terms, to have a chance to truly develop into a world centre for culture and creativity,” said Maryam Prosser, deputy managing director of the museum. “Only then will we start building spaces for department stores and other shops on the side.”

The decision has been met with widespread disappointment from across the region, with many people using social media to say how they’re now reconsidering visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“Sure, it’d be great to see all the paintings, but we’re not traipsing to Abu Dhabi if there isn’t going to be a few branches of Massimo Dutti or a big Carrefour to make it worth our while,” said one. “The least they can do is give us a massive food court.”

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. camel toe-jam

    January 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

    With one painting from each of the well-known greats currently widely spaced across the gallery in no chronological order, it would be wonderful to come across a Van Gogh in the fruit and veg aisle, between the avocados and seedless grapes.
    A Rothko tucked between the washing powder and the Pif-Paf.
    A Pollock or two nestled between the giant cheesy puffs and the metal tins of nuts that cut your hands.
    A Monet with the computer monitors.
    A Gaugin between the nasal hair trimmers and the cucumber spiralisers.
    Come on CARREFOUR! It is a French installation, afterall!

    • MacSatwa

      January 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Mmmmm… Giant cheesy puffs

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