The Louvre Abu Dhabi's new kayak tours by moonlit

Cruise the striking Louvre Abu Dhabi by the light of a silvery moon with new kayak tours that coast the waters around the modern museum.

One of the Gulf emirate's signature architectural statements, the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and the calm Arabian Sea laps at the artistic archipelago.

Guided tours give a rare perspective of the building, which opened 18 months ago. Take a kayak and skim beneath the vast dome that covers the museum. Comprised of 7480 stars, whose shadows throw its renown 'rain of light' over the water, the design was inspired by the dappled light beneath Abu Dhabi's palm trees.

Tours run every weekend (Friday and Saturday), and are open to adults and kids between 6-12 years, who must be with a guardian. Single and double kayaks are available, for a maximum tour size of 25 people. For moon lovers, time your visit when the moon is at its peak, as kayak tour company Sea Hawk runs full moon kayak tours around the Louvre two nights a month.

The tours start with a safety briefing before the paddles are handed over for a one-hour tour. Tours cost AED126, booking ahead is recommended. You don't need to enter or pay the entrance fee to the museum to go kayaking. See,