After more than a decade of planning and construction, the Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened its doors in November 2017. The agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates in 2007 envisioned 30 years of art loans, advice and special exhibitions as well as the rights to use the name of the most famous art gallery in the world.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to draw massive crowds with an impressive collection of art borrowed from The Louvre in Paris and other major French museums such as the Musee Guimet and the Musee D'Orsay; and has made some significant procurements of its own, including Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, sold to the Adu Dhabi governemnt for a massive $450 million, obliterating the previous record for the highest priced work of art in history.
Designed by the French Architect Jean Nouvel and positioned on the entirely man made Saadiyat Island (translation, Happy Island), The Louvre is intended to become Abu Dhabi's cultural centre, housing eight museums including the worlds largest Guggenheim Museum.
Working on The Louvre's iconic latticework whitewashed dome, SFS supported Sika UAE LLC, fixing 25,000m2 of Sika membrane through insulation to concrete using the SB Durocoat® fastener, a Sika own brand fastener manufactured by SFS in Switzerland.
SFS have a joint partnership in the Middle East with Sika, made by Regional Manager Pete Hamby, an employee of SFS for over 40 years who is stationed in Dubai. Pete was on hand to support the project with pull out tests and site inspections.
Pete Hamby comments "This is one of a number of projects we have worked on together with Sika UAE LLC, but the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been a thrilling project to be involved in. This is a very exciting venture for Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and we are proud that SFS products have enabled the realisation of the stunning Louvre dome".