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Construction work delays Louvre Abu Dhabi to 2016

A senior official said the museum will be opened late in 2016 following delay in construction works, but no reasons were specified about what caused the delay

Louvre Abu Dhabi will open late in 2016.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will open late in 2016.

The opening of Abu Dhabi's $650m branch of Louvre museum has been postponed until next year due to pending construction work, a senior official said on 3 October, 2015.

Majed al Mansoori, chairman of state-owned Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), said authorities were now looking to open the museum late 2016. 

The museum was originally scheduled to open in 2012 but that target was pushed back until this year, according to Reuters

Mansoori said: "Attention will now turn to the remaining work on the underside of the cladding, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi remains on track for opening in the second half of 2016." 

The chairman did not specify the reason behind delay in construction work. 

The report said construction firms are struggling to find labour, supplies, and financing to complete their huge backlogs of work. 

TDIC is developing a cultural district in Abu Dhabi which will house branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums, as well as the Zayed National Museum.

The Guggenheim has been scheduled to open in 2017 and the Zayed Museum in 2016, the report added.

Mansoori did not clarify whether those targets were still in force but said contracts for both museums would be awarded soon, with ground-breaking for the Zayed Museum expected by the end of 2015 and at the Guggenheim in the first half of 2016.

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