United Arab Emirates – Inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi [fr]
The successful completion of the Louvre Abu Dhabi demonstrates the exceptional cultural cooperation between France and the United Arab Emirates aimed at promoting understanding, dialogue between cultures, tolerance and cultural diversity.
It is the first universal museum in the Arab world. Designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, it offers the public a collection of more than 600 works, including approximately 300 works lent by the Louvre and 12 other French museums under the umbrella of Agence France-Museums which oversaw the design of the museum and operates it.
Its inauguration by President Macron and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, – in the presence of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture and Benjamin Griveaux, Minister of State attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance – brings to a close a French-UAE cultural season initiated on France’s proposal and developed by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
This season focused on contemporary culture in all its diversity, showcasing original and multidisciplinary works, from music to visual arts and performing arts. By giving priority to encounters between artists living in France and the UAE, it helped to support those working to promote the circulation and exchange of ideas and intercultural understanding, which form the basis of the friendship between France and the UAE.
France continues its cultural partnership with the UAE in order to promote dialogue between cultures.