Jean Nouvel

Mideast outpost of Louvre to open in Abu Dhabi in November

The Mideast outpost of France's iconic Louvre Museum will open in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 11, officials announced Wednesday, ending a decade-long wait for a gallery whose construction was beset by economic turmoil and criticism over laborers' working conditions.

The announcement breathes new life into Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, a salty flood plain of the Persian Gulf originally envisioned as a cultural center for an Emirati capital flush with oil money in the mid-2000s.

The domed ceiling of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, offers eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes, allowing beams of star-like light to pour in. Some 600 UAE-acquired...