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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:55 pm | Updated: 9:27 am, Tue Jul 8, 2014.

PARIS — The oil-rich United Arab Emirates certainly has the wealth of a first-class nation. Now, it hopes to buy in the culture of a first-class nation to the tune of $550 million.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors in December 2015 in the Arab federation — and organizers hope it will put the country with flashy hotels, arid deserts and the world’s seventh biggest oil reserves on the map instead for its oil paintings.

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  • Randal Doering posted at 1:31 pm on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    Neodoering Posts: 47

    I think it's exciting that the cash-rich Arabs want to get in on the art market. The world can always use more venues for the arts, and right now Egypt is the major cultural market for the Middle East. The UAE is off to a good start on building its collection, and I hope they get the tourists as a result. Maybe they can also showcase local talent and help Arab artists get some attention; most Arab artists are not well known outside the Middle East, and this new museum would be a way for them to achieve international success.

     
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