France and UAE to begin six month cultural collaboration programme

Programme was first announced during French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the UAE last year
France and UAE to begin six month cultural collaboration programme
From L to R Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed AlNahyan French President Emmanuel Macron his wife Brigitte Macron and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid alMaktoum pose at the entrance of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 8 2017 during its inauguration on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital AFP PHOTO ludovic MARIN Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARINAFPGetty Images
By Reuters
Sat 10 Feb 2018 09:28 PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe launched today a six-month cultural collaboration between France and the UAE during his visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi, promising to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Philippe, along with the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Noura Al Kaabi and Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh, looked at various art works during a tour of the museum, which opened in November and was inaugurated by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The dialogue, named UAE-France Cultural Dialogue 2018, will include several projects that aim to "bridge East and West", according to Philippe.

One such project will give four UAE-based artists the opportunity to work with four French manufactures on creating art pieces, which will be displayed at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

"I am pleased to announce today, together with Minister Noura Al Kaabi, the launch of the UAE-France Cultural Dialogue that President Macron announced during his visit (in November). This dialogue will lead to a series of events in France and the United Arab Emirates, focusing on art, of course, but also on artificial intelligence, on the protection of endangered heritage, and on the promotion of French and Arabic languages," said Philippe

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