[00:00.00]On November 11, the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum will open in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
[00:09.32]The museum is part of a project designed to appeal to millions of visitors every year.
[00:17.96]The waterfront museum will hold hundreds of pieces of art representing ancient and modern times around the world.
[00:28.13]It will include Middle Eastern objects and paintings, as well as works by Western artists.
[00:36.56]The Louvre in Paris, France is one of the most famous museums in the world.
[00:43.84]In 2007, France agreed to take part in a joint project to open an art museum in Abu Dhabi.
[00:54.29]French officials say the collection does not face any restrictions.
[01:00.24]Jean-Francois Charnier is the scientific director of Agence France-Museums.
[01:07.37]He said the museum organizers had complete freedom in making decisions about the art to present.
[01:16.04]"You have nude statues in the museum, contemporary paintings.
[01:22.39]You also have religious images from all religions," he said.
[01:28.14]The works will represent major periods of human development and will show connections between different cultures, Charnier said.
[01:39.45]"The objective," he said, "is to show that in history there are more links and bridges than walls."
[01:48.35]The museum has major pieces of art including a 15th century painting by Giovanni Bellini and a 19th century painting by Osama Hamdy Bey.
[02:01.49]The museum also has a 3000-year-old Egyptian funeral set.
[02:07.39]Famed French architect Jean Nouvel designed the museum.
[02:13.41]It is almost 100,000 square meters in size. It includes a series of white buildings under a huge, rounded steel top.
[02:25.02]The steel is cut in numerous places and shapes to let in daylight and produce beautiful shadows.
[02:34.05]French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen spoke at a news conference in which the museum opening was announced.
[02:43.06]"At a time when some forces are attacking history by destroying work, taking our heritage hostage, this is an essential act," she said.
[02:56.08]"It is civilization responding to barbarity."
[03:00.58]I'm John Russell.