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Abu Dhabi sets new dates for Louvre, Guggenheim

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The developer of a cultural district in Abu Dhabi says a branch of the Louvre museum will open in 2015 and the Guggenheim will follow in 2017 _ years later than the original timetable.

The landmark projects have been hit by a series of delays since being unveiled five years ago, including an announcement last year that the government-backed developer was temporarily dropping plans to award a major construction contract.

The museums had been scheduled to start opening this year, but officials had already said that was no longer possible.

Wednesday’s statement by the Tourism Development and Investment Co. gave no further details into the delays on Saadiyat Island. A national museum is also expected to open in 2016.

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