Louvre Abu Dhabi prepares to unveil itself to the world

In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, photo, members of the media walk around the sculptures in the Louvre Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is preparing its grand opening, unveiling its treasures to the world after a decade-long wait and questions over laborers’ rights. The museum, which opens on Saturday, Nov. 11 to the public, encompasses work from both the East and West. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Kamran Jebreili

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Louvre Abu Dhabi is preparing its grand opening — unveiling its treasures to the world after a decade-long wait and questions over laborers' rights.

The museum, which opens on Saturday to the public, encompasses work from both the East and West.

Abu Dhabi's conservative mores can be seen in the relative absence of pieces depicting nudity. Still, the museum's artwork offers a brief history of the world and its major religions, and it doesn't shy away from Judaism.

The modernist museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, sits under a honeycombed dome of eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes.

It draws the lapping waters of the Persian Gulf into its outer corridors, allowing individual beams of light that pass through the roof to strike the surface.

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