The Louvre Abu Dhabi was developed through an intergovernmental agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates. The museum presents both ancient and contemporary works of historic, cultural, and sociological interest from around the world. Its design was inspired by the special features of its location: a lagoon island, featuring sand, sea, shade, and light. The museum’s permanent collection comprises some 700 artworks from every period and civilization. Another 300 works are on loan from partner museums.