Exciting news: The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) announced that numerous museums and cultural sites in the emirates are getting ready to welcome visitors, from 24 June.
After many months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of museums and cultural sites in the UAE including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn, the Cultural Foundation’s exhibition and Artists in Residence studio, Al Ain Oasis outdoor areas, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Jahili Fort and Al Ain Palace Museum are thrilled to be reopening their doors to the public under strict health and safety guidelines for the well-being of all.
HE Saood Al Hosani, Acting Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi announced, "Our cultural sites will help to heal and alleviate any accumulated stress that might have built up over the past ‘lockdown’ period, as we believe that art and culture have the power to help people come together and heal. At DCT Abu Dhabi we are proud to be able to enable that through the work that we do, leveraging the power inherent in art to help re-engage the community and support its return to normalcy in these unprecedented times," he added. "The preventative measures implemented across the emirate will be giving people added confidence that they can return to their favourite cultural sites safety."
While this is great new for UAE residents, pre-booking tickets online will be mandatory for Qasr Al Hosn and Louvre Abu Dhabi, yet visitors under the age of 18 will be free of charge as part of initiatives to engage younger audiences and families. Many of cultural sites will be operating under new opening hours from 10am to 7pm. (2pm to 7pm on Fridays) with Louvre Abu Dhabi opening from 10am to 6.30pm, except on Mondays when the museum is closed.
Can't wait until 24 June? The Cultural Foundation is currently hosting three exhibitions, the Red Palace, Common Ground and Step into a Story which are open to the public now.