A YEAR after it opened, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has drawn more than a million visitors to its dome-shaped museum, which features borrowed treasures by Lenardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh  from the collections of French Institutions.

Those visitors were dominated by foreign tourists, with more than 60 percent from other countries    -topped by India, along with Germany, China, England, the United States and France, according to the new museum.

The crowd figures are still  small by comparison with the flagship Louvre in Paris, which is lending its brand through a  30-year  government accord between the United Arab Emirates and France.

The oil-rich monarchy is paying 400 million  euros, or more than $453 million, for the name and almost a billion euros for French expertise and guidance from the Louvre and a consortium of museums.

Earlier this year, the Louvre - the world's largest art museum - reported a sharp increase in attendance, up more than 14 percent, to 8.1 million visitors.

But in its debut year, the  Middle Eastern namesake has already eclipsed the Louvre's satellite in a former coal-mining district in northern France and institutions in its own region, such as Qatar's flagship Museum of  Islamic Art, which had more than  400,000  visitors last year.

The  Abu Dhabi museum is teaming again with the Louvre in February to mount an exhibition,  ''Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age,'' which starts Feb 14.

The show will include  17th-century works on loan from Paris and from the private, New York based Leiden collection, which owns more than 250 Dutch paintings and drawings and lent some earlier this year for special exhibition in Russia at the Hermitage and the Pushkin State Museum.

The honor and serving of the latest global operational research on Museums and exhibitions continues. The World Students Society thanks author Doreen Carvajal.


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