Abu Dhabi’s long-awaited mega-museum project has somewhat unceremoniously received the green light from the city’s executive council, the New York Times reports. The multi-billion-dollar project, which includes branches of the Guggenheim and Lourve museums, was announced several years ago and then put on indefinite hold last October in the face of financial struggles.
The council announced news of the project’s resuscitation in a brief statement on its Web site. Budgets and opening dates were approved for the two museums as well as for a new national museum, it said, though specific budgets and dates were not specified. Renderings of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim and the Jean Nouvel-designed Lourve, to be built on an island just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, have been circulating for years; neither museum has broken ground. Nevertheless, the council promises that the now-revived cultural tourist center will “rank Abu Dhabi as a world-class tourist destination.”
— Julia Halperin