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Louvre Abu Dhabi makes key appointments ahead of opening

Manuel Rabaté is hired as Louvre Abu Dhabi director and Hissa Al Dhaheri as deputy director as museum construction enters final phase

Louvre Abu Dhabi makes key appointments ahead of opening
Construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi. (© TDIC / jean nouvel architects)

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has announced the appointment of Manuel Rabaté as Louvre Abu Dhabi director and Hissa Al Dhaheri as Louvre Abu Dhabi deputy director.

French national Rabaté has been the CEO of Agence France-Muséums since 2013, the entity established to support the creation of the museum which is born from an intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France.

A UAE national, Al Dhaheri assumes her role from a former post as head of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project at TCA Abu Dhabi.

Construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi is nearing its final stages. The building will then enter an important preparation phase that includes testing, art installation and development of the visitor experience ahead of the official opening.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will welcome visitors in 2017 and its opening date is expected to be announced soon.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a vital component of the Abu Dhabi Plan to form a wider vision that prioritises culture in the capital. Louvre Abu Dhabi is an essential vehicle for encouraging cultural dialogue and exchange on an international stage.

"The appointment of Manuel Rabaté as the director and Hissa Al Dhaheri as the deputy director celebrates the spirit of the museum. Their combined alliance and strong track record leading the team here in Abu Dhabi will be indispensable as we embark on the next pivotal stage of Louvre Abu Dhabi.”

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