The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in November 2017 as the talked-about centerpiece of Saadiyat Island—a leisure destination that’s being transformed into a culture hub with a cluster of museums, including the upcoming Guggenheim. Fringed with white sand beaches, the island is also home to luxury resorts like the Jumeirah. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by famous French architect Jean Nouvel, its silvery dome inspired by traditional Islamic architecture. It was an instant success, welcoming more than a million visitors within a year of opening.
Now, it’s getting an exciting new restaurant. The Louvre Abu Dhabi recently announced that Fouquet’s, the legendary Parisian brasserie, would be opening an outpost at the museum in early 2020. This will be the ninth address globally, after Paris, Cannes, Toulouse, Marrakech, La Baule, Enghien-les-Bains, Courchevel and Montreux.
Top chef Pierre Gagnaire will be collaborating on the menu, which will be inspired by the signature dishes at the Parisian brasserie, adapted to the local culture and international clientele frequenting the museum. Dominique Desseigne, Chairman and CEO of the Barrière Group, noted that this opening represents an important step in the international development of the hospitality company.
The original Fouquet’s in Paris, situated at 99 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, reopened on Bastille Day in July after renovations to repair the damage sustained during protests earlier in the year. Several months of work restored the brasserie to its classic style, featuring vintage woodwork, Harcourt portraits on the walls, and decor by Jacques Garcia.