By Sam Bridge
Jacques Chirac Street stretches from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge to the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, has commended the naming of one of the main streets on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi as Jacques Chirac Street in honour of the late French President and friend of the UAE.
Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of The Abu Dhabi Executive Office, inaugurated Jacques Chirac Street in the presence of the late French President’s daughter Claude Chirac, together with the French Ambassador to the UAE, Ludovic Pouille, and the UAE Ambassador to France, Ali Abdullah Al Ahmed.
Jacques Chirac Street stretches from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a museum that symbolises the deep historical ties between the UAE and France.
Al Ahmed said: “Jacques Chirac, and the founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, both envisaged a day on which the UAE and France would both lead the moral responsibility of bringing people together through inclusivity and tolerance. Their memory and vision live on immortally through the fruits and beacons that have emerged from this togetherness and cooperation.”
Pouille added: “Jacques Chirac was a strong promoter of the strategic partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates. He was convinced of the role of this partnership for regional and global stability and continuously worked to strengthen it. By naming this street Jacques Chirac, it is a strong tribute and a highly symbolic gesture to the statesman and his actions, as well as to his essential contribution to the bilateral relationship.”