Jean-Luc Martinez expresses happiness as Louvre Abu Dhabi prepares for official opening on Nov 11
Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of the Musee du Louvre in Paris, has expressed his happiness at the Louvre Abu Dhabi opening in the UAE.
"This move underscores the important role culture plays in expanding strategic relations between countries and their peoples," he said in comments published by state news agency WAM.
Beauty unites us all as human beings.
Culture crosses borders and carries universal messages. The @LouvreAbuDhabi reflects all of it. Opening ceremony with @HHShkMohd. pic.twitter.com/UiFQp0ALP0— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 8, 2017
"The Louvre Abu Dhabi will provide an opportunity for an important segment of the world's population, especially residents in the Middle East, to see the world's most precious treasures from rare and invaluable artefacts," Martinez said.
He added ahead of the official opening on November 11 that the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a significant collaboration between France and the UAE.
Our thanks to the people of France and to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, whose vision has pushed beyond the limits of architecture and culture, consolidating Sheikh Zayed’s proud legacy of enlightenment and cultural understanding. pic.twitter.com/TNM91wwqQ7— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 8, 2017
"Culture plays a key element in these relations. This remarkable relationship has culminated in this large cultural project, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which brings further together with the two friendly countries," he told WAM.
"It is a great honour for France and the Musee du Louvre to contribute to the birth of this grand museum in Abu Dhabi. We are confident that members of the public are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi," he added.