Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island lies about 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi (also an island in the Persian Gulf... and the capital of the largest emirate of the seven United Arab Emirates). The island is currently undergoing massive development with the hopes that it will become the cultural center of Abu Dhabi. Now hopping on board with the plans is the Louvre, who is in the final stages of a deal that would lend its name and artwork to a new museum. Of course, this means that certain pieces -- particularly any nudes -- would not be welcome for fear of offending cultural sensibilities, but the Louvre maintains that it will present a collection representative of Western art.

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