New Louvre: Migrant Questions Remain

Louvre Abu Dhabi was inaugurated last week and hailed by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, as an embodiment of beauty, reason and fraternity against “the discourses of hatred”. VIPs, dealers who had sold to the museum, journalists and other guests were invited from all over the world to celebrate. In a gesture of inclusiveness that is rare in the region, the workers who had built the Jean Nouvel-designed museum on Saadiyat Island were given their own party. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s director, Manuel Rabaté, was present, and he later tweeted an acknowledgement of their role in its creation. Yet questions remain over the welfare of these and other construction workers, mostly migrants from the Indian subcontinent, on the island. Details here.

Leave a Comment