Saadiyat Island is intended as a haven of culture and beauty. NYU’s neighbours will soon be local outposts of the Guggenheim, the Louvre and the Sorbonne, housed in equally elegant buildings. I am very excited that the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open at the end of 2016. Louvre Abu Dhabi will not be a static museum. There will be lectures, film screenings, talks, visiting exhibitions. It is one of the most beautiful Jean Nouvel’s buildings. This opening sends a wonderful message. I look forward to seeing Louvre Paris borrowing works from Louvre Abu Dhabi and in this way globalising Middle Eastern art. It should be a two way exchange. Modern Middle Eastern pieces will be displayed alongside the Western pieces. There should be a beautiful dialogue between them which will be an important contribution of the museums.