Louvre Abu Dhabi official opening delayed for 2017

This is the third time the $650m meg-project has been delayed, originally scheduled to open in 2012

The Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi's official opening has been postponed to 2017 due to pending construction work, it was announced on Thursday.

This is the third time the $650m mega-project has been delayed, originally scheduled to open in 2012.

The museum was then anticipating a mid-2016 opening, as state-owned Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), the developer, announced last year.

Three sources have confirmed the opening is postponed to an unspecified date next year, Reuters reported.

"First, the museum buildings have to be completed and delivered and then the opening (must take place), which is now some time in 2017," one source said.

"There is some work to be done - interiors, testing which are critical as the commissioning takes place."

TDIC has declined to comment.

In April, it was reported that the museum was more than 95% complete, with the project progressing on schedule and was set for handing over to the Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) by July or August 2016.

The museum was scheduled to open in December 2016 or January 2017, according to Ali Majed Al Mansouri, chairman of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), earlier this year.

Construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi was awarded to an Arabtec-led joint venture with Construction San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC in 2013.

 

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