The Louvre Abu Dhabi to open by end of 2016, according to the president of the Louvre museum in Paris.Speaking in the French capital this week, Jean-Luc Martinez told a press briefing on the $1 billion project on Saadiyat Island that the opening of the museum will be delayed until the end of next year, according to a report in the Art Newspaper.

While construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to local media reports, the building is not expected to be delivered until spring 2016, after which the installation of the collection will take place, which is expected to take up to three months, according to the curator Jean-François Charnier. The Art Newspaper said the official opening could take place on December 2, National Day in the UAE.

Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681 square metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum’s permanent collection while the Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, when completed, will be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District. These feature Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

An exhibition at the Manarat Al Saadiyat of the museum’s latest acquisitions is expected to start in July, featuring manuscripts from early Korans to medieval Christian texts, followed by another in August on sculptures of “immortal figures” from Nepal to Papua New Guinea, according the Art Newspaper.