Officials gather after an announcement about the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Officials on Wednesday announced that the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a Mideast outpost of the famed French museum, will open Nov. 11. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

A decade later, still no contract to build Guggenheim in UAE

September 06, 2017 - 7:23 am

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — More than a decade after its launch, an Abu Dhabi branch of the Guggenheim remains unbuilt.

The Guggenheim has told The Associated Press that "no contract has been awarded" to build the museum.

That came as authorities on Wednesday announced that the Louvre Abu Dhabi would open Nov. 11 after a similarly long decade of uncertainty.

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, envisioned in 2006 as a deconstructive jumble of Arabic features and modern design by architect Frank Gehry, was to sit near the Louvre on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island.

While saying it remains "committed" to the Abu Dhabi branch, the Guggenheim referred questions on when construction would ever start to Abu Dhabi officials, who could not be reached for comment.

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