Abu Dhabi vows to open Louvre branch in 2013

The Abu Dhabi developer building a vast cultural district in the Emirati capital says a branch of the famed Louvre museum will open there in late 2013, despite problems with another part of the project.

The Tourism Development and Investment Company told The Associated Press on Monday that a branch of the Parisian art institution will be the first museum to open in the Saadiyat Island cultural district, a year behind schedule.

TDIC's comments came a day after the state-run developer dropped a tender seeking bids for major construction work on a branch of the Guggenheim Museum, raising questions about the project's future.

TDIC rebuffed concerns, insisting it is "moving forward as planned with all of its announced projects."


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