International Museums and Transcultural Impact on Gulf States: The Louvre Abu Dhabi as a Case Study

  • Mohamed El Amrousi
  • Mohamed ElhakeemEmail author
  • Evan Paleologos
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


The study of emerging contemporary museums in the United Arab Emirates suggests that new forms of architecture are emerging that deal with the past and present at the same time. The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017 and the number of visitors that visited the museum highlights the emergence of new spaces of gathering in Al-Saadiyat Island as a new cultural hub in Abu Dhabi. Traditional Museums in the United Arab Emirates are mostly heritage forts that have been restored and are conservative in their exhibitions. The Louvre Abu Dhabi on the other hand represents an experimental trans-disciplinary design that includes continuity and discontinuity from tradition. This paper studies the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and we simulate the complex flow pattern around the Louvre using the 2D-hydrodynamic Finite Element Surface Water Modeling System.


The Louvre Abu Dhabi Cultural hub 2D-hydrodynamic surface water modeling 


  1. 1.
    Oxford Business Group: Abu Dhabi 2015. Oxford Business Group, London (2015)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Raban, J.: Arabia Through the Looking Glass. Collins Harvill, London (1979)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Dalu, J.: Surface pattern and light. In: Michell, G. (ed.) Architecture of the Islamic World: Its history and Social Meaning, New York (1978)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Al-Asad, M.: Applications of geometry. In: Frishman, M., Khan, H. (eds.) The Mosque, History, Architectural Development and Regional Diversity, pp. 55–71. Thames and Hudson, London (1994)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Grabar, O.: The Formation of Islamic Art. Yale University, New Haven (1973)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Papanicolaou, A.N., Elhakeem, M., Krallis, G., Prakash, S., Edinger, J.: Sediment transport modeling review - current and future developments. J. Hydraulic Eng. 134(1), 1–14 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Elhakeem, M., Papanicolaou, A.N., Wilson, C.G.: Implementing streambank erosion control measures in meandering streams: design procedure enhanced with numerical modelling. Int. J. River Basin Manag. 15(3), 317–327 (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Froehlich, D.: User’s Manual for FESWMS Flo2DH: Two-Dimensional Depth-Averaged Flow and Sediment Transport Model. Release 3 (2002)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed El Amrousi
    • 1
  • Mohamed Elhakeem
    • 1
    Email author
  • Evan Paleologos
    • 1
  1. 1.Abu Dhabi UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

Personalised recommendations