Louvre Abu Dhabi Virtual Tour – 6 things you didn’t know

Hi, cultural explorers!

You’re definitely feeling unhappy when your well-prepared-travel-plan to Abu Dhabi is temporarily delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But…

Meanwhile, even though all the attractions are being closed, you can still travel remotely to Abu Dhabi without booking a flight ticket. The Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour experience is one of them. 

You can virtually discover the most famous museum in the UAE, using the internet and maybe VR glasses, imagine!

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Virtual Tour is an alternative for your travel experience

Not like theme parks, the museum is the place where you can do something virtually for visitors.

What is a virtual tour experience?

A virtual tour or virtual travel experience is “a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of videos or still images. It may also use other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text. It is distinguished from the use of live television to affect tele-tourism.”- Wikipedia.

That is to say, wherever you are in the world, you can easily visit any attractions on earth, thousands of miles away from you, virtually. 

You can still wear your pyjama at your comfy bed while looking at some expensive artwork in Louvre, France, watching the northern lights in the Scandinavians, discovering over 5000-year-old pyramids in Egypt, etc.

Thanks for modern technology to make all of this possible.

You just can’t feel the air tapping on your face, and screaming when taking the world’s fastest roller coaster in the Ferrari world (Yas Island) now, though. Instead, you have the Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour.

What is Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour?

Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour is an excellent initiative that has been hosted by the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Department of Culture and Tourism. The virtual experience includes interactive 3D visual maps, audio, virtual activities for children at home.

Understand that the Louvre museum has always been one of the top things must-see when visiting Abu Dhabi. “While the museum is temporarily closed, you can stay connected with Louvre Abu Dhabi and explore our latest exhibition in a 360° experience. Our new walk-through virtual tour allows you even closer to the artworks than you could in real life.” – Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour experience. Image source: Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum

This is the very first Louvre Abu Dhabi museum’s virtual exhibition that showcases the life of knights and chivalry spirit in ancient times through a journey from the East to West, between the 10th and 16th centuries with over 130 artworks.

Furusiyya” is an Arabic word for “chivalry” in English, (I thought it’s Japanese as it sounds like one).

In 2015, when I visited Turkey and discovered that the Ottoman Empire was an Islamic empire (yes, I admit that I barely know much about the world’s history). I was in Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, but didn’t have much time to learn about the Ottoman.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour has given me an excellent chance to learn more and a deeper level about not only Turkish history but also other countries’ chivalric history such as Iraq, Syrian, Iranian, Italian, etc.

Visit the Furusiyya Louvre Abu Dhabi: https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/en/Explore/exhibitions/furusiyya-the-art-of-chivalry-between-east-and-west

And because it’s 100% online, so:

#1. Enjoy your virtual tour from comfy couch

In times like this, isolated yourself in a room without much interaction with the outside world can really hurt your mental health. Especially for those who “to travel is to live” wanderlusts, how many months have you stayed at home so far?

Virtual tour offers excellent compensation, especially if it would be an interactive and immersive experience if you have a VR headset.

#2. Dress code no longer needed

As you don’t need to book a flight, apply for a visa to visit Abu Dhabi, you also don’t need a dress code anymore (entrance fee is free, of course). That’s one of the perks of virtual travel experience. Travel hassle-free!

Unless you want to dress nicely, standing next to a giant screen…just to record a fancy TikTok video.

#3. It’s multilingual 

So far, the Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour is supported in 3 languages: English, Arabic, French.

A guided tour is also available with pre-recorded audio, so you can feel like you have a good companion throughout the tour.

#4. Don’t forget the app

Don’t forget their Louvre museum guide app. You can virtually access different parts of the museum, and there are more language options, such as English, Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Mandarin, and Russian.

#5. Make and play for your children

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Making the helmet of the Ottoman sultan. Image source: Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

Virtual doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands dirty, at least with your children. They can have an exciting learning experience, learn while playing games and making fun crafts with colours, pencils, glue and scissors in the “Make and Play” area. You should see some downloadable materials when you keep scrolling down on their website.

#6. More virtual exhibitions to come

The country’s coronavirus cases are decreasing day by day, and travel restrictions are getting eased slowly. But we are still going to see more virtual exhibitions from the Louvre museum.

Conclusion

I know you would miss seeing the museum’s rain of light effect by yourself, have some great photos with its one of a kind architecture. However, for the time being, Louvre Abu Dhabi virtual tour is still a great way to discover and to keep yourself motivated, strongly desired, and obsessed with your (missed) vacation to Abu Dhabi.

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I wish to see you in Abu Dhabi soon!

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