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Abu Dhabi authorities revealed as buyers of $450m 'Leonardo painting'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has confirmed that it bought the $ 450m Salvator Mundi painting for the state’s new Louvre gallery. The 500-year-old painting of Christ is believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. There had been media reports that it had been bought by a Saudi prince. The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum said it was “looking forward to displaying” the painting, which recently fetched the record price at auction in New York. Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the…

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$450m 'Da Vinci painting' heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has said. The newly-opened museum made the announcement on Twitter, without specifying whether it had bought the painting at auction this month. Media reports say it was purchased by a Saudi prince. The work – known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) – was sold in New York for a record $ 450m (£341m). It was the highest auction…

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News: Strong growth in Abu Dhabi visitor figures

Abu Dhabi accelerated its growth in hotel guest arrivals during October with 418,883 guests checking into the emirate’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments, representing an 18 per cent increase over the same month last year. The cumulative number of guest arrivals for the first ten months of 2017 has increased to reach more than 3.9 million, representing growth of eight per cent on the year and keeping the emirate on track to surpass last year’s record total of 4.4 million, according to latest figures released by the Department of Culture…

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News: Räikkönen calls in at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ahead of Formula 1 Grand Prix

Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen geared up ahead of the much-awaited race weekend earlier to experience Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s latest addition and most heart-pounding rollercoaster, Turbo Track. Räikkönen is in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend. He sky rocketed from inside the park through the glass funnel, propelling vertically through the iconic red roof to the highest point on Yas Island at 64 metres, before experiencing hair-raising zero gravity as he plummeted vertically back down. ADVERTISEMENT Enjoying the adrenaline feeling of…

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News: Louvre Abu Dhabi to open in November

After years of delays, speculation and intrigue, the Louvre Abu Dhabi today announced it will open its doors to the public on November 11th. It is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. The opening celebrations will include a wide range of public programmes, including symposiums, performances, concerts, dance, and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists. Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and considered the World’s Leading…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Louvre Abu Dhabi

Born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open in November. Here Breaking Travel News takes a tour of the fascinating new facility. The new location will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance from around the world. Spanning millennia, the items on display will originate from societies and cultures, but universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history. Museums traditionally display objects and…

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News: Abu Dhabi sees strong rise in visitor numbers for July

Abu Dhabi achieved a four per cent increase in hotel guests last month, compared to July 2016, with almost 400,000 guests visiting the city. The figure pushes the cumulative total for the first seven months of the year to over 2.6 million, maintaining a growth of seven per cent on the year, according to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. The latest TCA Abu Dhabi report shows that 396,548 guests checked into the emirate’s 164 hotels and hotel apartments in July delivering 928,502 guest nights. Hotel revenues…

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