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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Visiting Louvre Abu Dhabi - A Day to Unravel

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

- The capital of the UAE, A City where the futuristic advancement is used today. 

Captivating and futuristic buildings, detailed designed landmarks, and more.

Included on my bucket list is to visit the 7-month-old museum. Opened last November 7, 2017.
This is the Louvre Abu Dhabi situated on a man-made island The Saadiyat and Cultural District.
Check my review of the Manarat Al Saadiyat here.
It is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.

One of the reasons why I visit this place is because of France - My dream vacation and hope to visit someday and meet the Mona Lisa lol.
And to see some of the famous paintings such as Napoleon Bonaparte, and of course, the famous metallic ceiling of the Louvre. 

How to get there?

This is my first time to visit this place. And there is a specific bus that goes directly to the Louvre.
The bus is number 94. The bus stop is just outside my place. Very convenient.

For those who have a car. Check this link for your reference.

Take note that there is free parking too!
And a valet parking fee of 42 Dirhams which is located near the drop-off area.

It was very hot by that time when I visited the Museum around 2 in the afternoon. Roughly 42 degrees. The umbrella that I took with me was not that effective as it was so hot.

So my advice. Just visit the museum between 3 to 4 PM or in the morning instead.
And bring a lot of fluids.

What does it look like?

I was in a hurry to take some pictures outside as it was super hot.
My first impression? WOW!  I was like, hey is this a spaceship thing?  It looks like a UFO  that is floating in the middle of the water.

I can't describe it, thus I have taken some panoramic photos using my iPhone X.  

And the landscape is superb!
Check this out

tapping out from the bus terminal sensor

the bus station is just a few meters away from the entrance of the Louvre

the walkway looks tidy and clean. Perfect for Instagram

to look more subtle and vibrant, they added some palm tree 

and some directory map

behind the directory map is the Louvre

the dates are almost ready to harvest as they are protected with some net to prevent them from falling


almost there.

some ample space for parking your car

Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomes you.

What to do next?

Security is their utmost priority that's why I pass through a series of security checks.
There is a lot of security within the vicinity of the Louvre, from the main entrance, and to tighten the security, it is a must that you need to keep all the stuff whether or not in the tray cart for them to scan it on the conveyor belt.

Once done, you will pass by a height scanner for them to scan your body.
And lastly, security personnel will use a scanner to check your body side by side.  

Buying Tickets

If you want a cashless payment and don't want to pay upfront. The Louvre allows you to purchase your ticket online. You can check their website here for more information.

As for me, I paid upfront, there was not much queue at that time and it was easy.

Before paying, The cashier will provide you with a form to fill out. That would be your name, email address, and your nationality.

After filling it out, I paid 63 dirhams for my ticket. If you want some audio guide during your tour, you can opt to add 21 dirhams.
visitors map in British English version

left to right- visitors map, ticket receipt, and my ticket ( which can be used as a postal card as well)

the entrance where securities are scanning the ticket

a backpack is not allowed to be brought inside the aisle. So I kept my bag with them

Visitor maps are available in 3 languages- Arabic, English, and French

and some of the catalogs and leaflets

First Part

Second Part

Third Part

Fourth and Fifth Part

Sixth Part

Seventh Part

Eight Part

Napoleon Bonaparte

Ninth and Tenth Part

Fountain of light by Ai Weiwei.

The Metallic Ceiling of the Louvre 

This is the last part that I really wanted to see apart from Napoleon and the Whistler's Mother.

This breathtaking architecture was designed by Jean Nouvel - A French architect.
The museum is designed as a "seemingly floating dome structure"; its web-patterned dome allows the sun to filter through. (Wikipedia). 
The design of the metallic ceiling enhances the light that passes through it.
That's what I'm talking about upon my first impression of this Museum.

Panoramic Shots of the Louvre's Ceiling

Sunset Daze

So this is my 2-hour visit to this museum. A lot of information about artworks from eastern to western art.  I do apologize if I didn't include the labels on some of the pictures.

Some of the artworks are replica which has a label on each of them.

And FYI. There is a dedicated complimentary pickup service to drop you off in the carpark area. And it's free of charge.

Bye, Louvre. See you next time...

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  1. Wow what beautiful pieces they have for a fairly new museum! The fountain of light looks amazing!!

    1. Yeah! I love the fountain of light too! They kept it at the end of the museum. So beautiful! Save the best for last indeed! 😃

  2. Oh wow. It was a virtual tour. Loved the article and all the pictures you have post.