Frank Gehry

A decade later, still no contract to build Guggenheim in UAE

A planned Middle East outpost of the Guggenheim remains unbuilt as the Louvre Abu Dhabi readies for its opening, with the New York-based museum acknowledging that "no contract has been awarded" to build the $200-million project over a decade after its launch.

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, envisioned in 2006 as a deconstructive jumble of Arabic features and modern design by architect Frank Gehry, was to sit near the Louvre outpost on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island. But the Guggenheim told The Associated Press that nothing has been done to the site since a foundation was poured in 2011.

"There is no construction on Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and no contract has been...