The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be opened on Saadiyat Island in 2015.

Anyone booking flights to Abu Dhabi knows that they are going to experience the ultimate in modern luxury when they arrive at the emirate.

Lavish new constructs are springing up out of the gulf sands all the time, but one is causing quite a stir – even in a state that is as used to landmark buildings as Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) has announced that it is in the final stages of reviewing construction tenders for the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

A spokesman for the TDIC confirmed that the contract will be awarded by the end of the year and the Louvre will be open by 2015.

The new museum is set to be part of the £16.8 billion Saadiyat Island development, which will also feature a branch of the Guggenheim.

Once complete, the Louvre will be a striking addition to the plethora of iconic buildings in the emirate, with its vast floating dome being the illuminating centre point of a huge network of micro galleries and landscapes.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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