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Watch: The world’s next Louvre museum floats on an artificial island in Abu Dhabi

The highlight of what is designed as a ‘neigbourhood’ is a large, intricate dome that creates a ‘rain of light’.


After opening a satellite museum in the French city of Lens in 2012 to relieve the crowded Louvre in Paris, the Musée de Louvre is all set to inaugurate its second, universal museum in November, 2017. But it’s not in Europe.

Instead, it’s in Abu Dhabi in November this year. Built on Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi floats on an artificial island and is covered entirely by a giant dome.

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum is supposed to reveal a “human and universal story”. Jean François-Charnier, director of Agence France-Muséums and curator of Louvre Abu Dhabi said in a speech, “We want to allow visitors to see the communication between civilisations over time and this gives the museum a narrative that is chrono-thematic with 12 key steps, each one of which represents a key moment in the history of humankind. We also want a shift in focus. This museum is designed and built in Abu Dhabi, not Paris, so other continents – the Indian sub-continent, Asia, China – all of these had to be considered.”

Nouvel told The National that he wanted to construct something that is a neighbourhood, not simply a building. “I wanted to create a place where you come and you come back. And you have the desire to come over often.” He believes that the architecture will bridge land and sea and aspires to create a museum city, with more than 600 pieces of art underneath the impressive, intricate dome that is the highlight of the structure.

This dome is a complex architectural wonder, built with more than 400,000 individual elements. Appearing to float above the water, it is perforated to create a “rain of light” as visible in the video above.

The museum has been a decade in the making, and will finally open its doors to visitors on November 11.

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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.


2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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