Louvre museum to be set up in Abu Dhabi
The world famous Louvre museum will be set up in UAE's capital Abu Dhabi. The governments of Abu Dhabi and France on Tuesday entered into an 30-year cultural accord which will see the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum created in Saadiyat island, just 500 metres from the capital city.
"This is a major achievement in Abu Dhabi's vision to become a world-class destination bridging global cultures," said Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and ruler of Abu Dhabi. "This accord further strengthens international dialogue, which will embrace all cultures," he said.
This opportunity provides for long-term loans from the Louvre and major French museums such as the Musee du Quai Branly, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee d'Orsay, Versailles, Guimet, Rodin and the Reunion des Musees Nationaux (RMN).
The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first museum of its kind in the Middle East. It will be a universal museum with exhibits encompassing a diversity of cultures.
"In the long-term, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will become autonomous. It will be a national, regional and international asset allowing all to fully participate in an interconnected global cultural understanding," he said.
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