Jean Nouvel

Abu Dhabi names Louvre outpost director, plans 2017 launch

Art lovers will have to wait a bit longer to visit a much-anticipated Mideast outpost of the Louvre, which will be headed by a Frenchman involved in the project for years.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority said Tuesday the branch in the United Arab Emirates capital won't host its first visitors until sometime in 2017.

It's the latest in a series of delays for the project, which was originally slated to open in 2012. It most recently was expected to be finished by year's end.

The tourism authority named Paris museums veteran Manuel Rabate as the museum's first director. The 40-year-old has worked at the original Louvre and served as CEO of Agence...