Macron hails power of beauty as Louvre opens in Abu Dhabi

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French president visits new Louvre museum in United Arab Emirates amid heightened tensions in Middle East

The French president Emmanuel Macron has hailed the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi as an example of how beauty can “fight against the discourses of hatred” as the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates inaugurated its elaborate new cultural showpiece at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East.

After 10 years of controversy and delays – including allegations of the exploitation and abuse of migrant workers in the Gulf state – the vast museum project created in collaboration with France and designed by Paris’s star architect Jean Nouvel opened under a giant silver dome that gently filters the blazing sunlight of a desert island intended to be dedicated to culture and art.

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