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Museums are an integral part of society as their artist exteriors mimic the amazing pieces they house inside. So in a place like the Middle East, which is overflowing with history and art, you can see some of the most impressive museums in the world.

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Designed by famed Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, this large structure was created to be a natural addition to the local scenery. The museum is made up of five pebble-like buildings with smooth and shiny surfaces that glisten in the bright Saudi sun. It is made up of an auditorium, a cinema, a library, an exhibition hall, a museum and an archive, all of which are focused on being a new focal point for a long-running programme of cultural relations and exchanges.

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The Louvre is set to be the crown jewel of Abu Dhabi, and once you see the exquisite museum design you might agreew. Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the structure has a large domed roof with 7,000 stars carved into it. The stunning light effect which they let in is named the “Rain of Light” by its creator. With a name like Louvre, you can predict a connection with its French cousin. Works from Leonardo Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniere and Vincent Van Gogh will be showcased. Also, it will have its own acquisitions such as a page of a 9th century Holy Koran in Kufic script.

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The Moroccan city of Marrakesh is known for its vibrant colour schemes. It is this understanding of colour that comes out in the work of Saint Laurent. Therefore, the Musee Yves Saint Laurent is built with the importance of colour in mind. Located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, the some 4,000-square-metre terracotta museum building was designed by Studio KO and was created to celebrate the work of the prolific designer, while blending in with surrounding structures. It has a research library that houses more than 5,000 books on Saint Laurent as well as material on Arabic and Andalusian culture and history. Due to celebrating the work of Saint Laurent the large amount of his clothing works and designs is unrivalled and includes his iconic work the “Le Smoking Suit”.

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Tags: Art, Middle Eastern, Museum, Yves Saint Laurent, Abu Dhabi