Louvre Abu Dhabi: a timeline

French President Francois Hollande (Center L), Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan (2nd L), president of the Abou Dhabi authority for tourism and culture in 2014The Louvre Abu Dhabi, flagged as "the first universal museum in the Arab world", is due to open in 2017 after a decade in the making and five years behind schedule. French President Francois Hollande will visit the site on Saturday during a trip to the Gulf to attend a conference on protecting endangered heritage. Under an agreement signed on March 6, 2007 in Abu Dhabi, one of seven United Arab Emirates, France and the UAE agree that many top French museums, including the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Versailles Palace, will loan art to Abu Dhabi as part of a 30-year partnership worth $1.1 billion (941,000 million euros).

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