Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

The onset of an inspiring cultural season

An exhilarating and eventful season of cultural highlights begins as mercury drops

The upcoming season will feature outstanding cultural and sporting events. Christopher Pike / The National
The upcoming season will feature outstanding cultural and sporting events. Christopher Pike / The National

The imminent start of the school year also marks the beginning of the new cultural season across the country. This year, of course, there is another important date on the calendar. The opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on November 11 will be an exceptional addition to a busy and exciting cultural calendar, to the delight of anyone who has watched its journey from construction site to completed structure.

Abu Dhabi's global museum will attract visitors from all over the country, the region and beyond. Whilst visiting museums in Europe and the United States can be a costly venture, members of the general public will have to pay a reasonable Dh60 to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi. With a loyalty programme for its most assiduous visitors, the museum will also open the gate to educational tourism from neighbouring countries.


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Above all, it will serve its educational purpose and bring pupils and students closer to masterpieces that stand witness to times and civilisations they read about in history class. Offering free admission to children under 13 and UAE education professionals, a mere Dh30 for those between 13 and 22, the museum has set the tone for its educational outreach.

The cooler months bring a rolling thunder of events and treats, both cultural and sporting. The Al Ain Book Fair, Taste of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Art, the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with its line-up of after-race concerts and Yasalam, the Dubai Rugby Sevens, and the FIFA Club World Cup will guarantee that whatever your passion, you will have a full diary throughout the months of November and December. The long hot summer is almost over, schools are returning to session and it is time to get ready for the season to end all seasons on the cultural calendar.

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