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Strategy meeting for Abu Dhabi Louvre

A 10-strong delegation of French ministry officials and representatives from five of the top cultural institutions in France visited Abu Dhabi last month to develop the management strategy for the planned Louvre Abu Dhabi, due to open in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island by 2012.

A 10-strong delegation of French ministry officials and representatives from five of the top cultural institutions in France visited Abu Dhabi last month to develop the management strategy for the planned Louvre Abu Dhabi, due to open in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island by 2012.

Accompanied by the French ambassador to the UAE, Patrice Paoli, the gathering included officials from the French Cultural Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as from the Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, the CNAC Pompidou, Musée du Quai Branly and the National Library of France, who met with senior officials of Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).

"Our talks focused on the management strategy for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be among the first of Saadiyat's international cultural institutions to take shape," said Lee Tabler, CEO, TDIC.

"The project will shortly be entering its design and engineering phase with the imminent appointment of an engineering consultant to work in collaboration with [the project's architect], Jean Nouvel," he added.

Earlier this year, the governments of Abu Dhabi and France agreed a 30-year cultural accord to create the 24,000m² Louvre Abu Dhabi museum in the emirate. Featuring 6000m² of galleries devoted to permanent displays and a further 2000m² for temporary exhibitions, organised through an international exchange programme in cooperation with other major museums worldwide, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will benefit from French museum expertise as it acquires its art collection over the next decade.

In addition, France's leading museums will provide exhibits on a long-term loan basis, and help to develop educational programmes and specialised art conferences aimed at developing the UAE's next generation of cultural leaders.

"France views this as a collective project that allows it to demonstrate to the world its expertise in the museum domain," said Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the French Minister for Culture and Communications.

"[The museum is] designed to foster cultural dialogue between East and West," he added.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of several museums and arts centres being planned for Saadiyat Island's Cultural District. Others include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, a Maritime Museum, the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, and a performing arts centre.

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