Work on Abu Dhabi's Louvre Museum to start

Construction of the Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island is due to begin early 2013.

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Work will begin on Abu Dhabi's Louvre Museum early next year.

The much-anticipated museum is being built on Saadiyat Island, along with the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum.

"The contractor will move in very soon. Construction will start in the first quarter of 2013," Nabil Al Kendi, Tourism Development & Investment Company's chief development officer said yesterday.

The construction of the three museums has faced long delays. A new timetable, unveiled in January, promised they would be completed by 2017.