the exterior of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi

After the anticipated opening date of 2012 slipped away and the rescheduled date of 2016 did the same, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi is finally, officially opening on November 11.

Weighing approximately 7500 tonnes (nearly the equivalent of the Eiffel Tower), the beautifully-designed building is the work of Jean Nouvel, and boasts a striking dome made of 7850 dazzling stars. 

Unsurprisingly, such a structure holds just as much art inside as it boasts on the exterior, with more than 600 pieces created by artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, and Henri Matisse. Three hundred of the pieces are on loan from 13 key art institutions, including the Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou, and the coveted 'Louvre' name itself is on loan for 30 years, as per the agreement signed back in 2007.

For the next 15 years, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will also be home to four temporary exhibitions throughout the year, with the first paying tribute to the beginnings of the original Louvre, in Paris.