Louvre centre named after UAE’s founding father

05 de julho de 2016

 São Paulo – This Tuesday (5) at the Louvre Museum, in Paris, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre was inaugurated. The centre, located in the Clock Pavilion (Pavillon de l`Horloge), honors the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, who died in 2004. The information is from the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

According to WAM, the place will tell the history of the Louvre, explain the collections to the visitors and help strengthen collaboration between the UAE and France. According to the museum’s website, the tribute to the former president of the Arab nation is part of the agreement signed in 2007 by the two countries for the creation of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The opening of the centre took place after a complete renovation of the Clock Pavilion. According to WAM, the place tells the story of the Louvre fortress, built originally by King Philippe Auguste in 1200, later becoming the residence of the kings of France and today one of the world`s most famous museums.

The centre, according to the agency, is equipped to show 3D films, animations, models and other attractions. The visitor can navigate through the ruins of the medieval period, royal chambers, the chapel and the future of the museum, through the models of Louvre Abu Dhabi and Louvre-Lens, in Northern France.

“I am confident at this time, especially when the Middle East region is exposed to tragic and serious incidents which had a bloody effect on France and other countries of the world, that these kinds of strong cultural ties between the two sides will open the way for peoples and cultures across the world to cooperate rather than promote disharmony”, said the UAE’s minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

France’s president, François Hollande, underscored that the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi in a few months “will be important to the region, as well as to the whole world, because it is a message of culture, humanity, dialogue and peace”. “I salute the farsightedness of those who launched this project almost ten years ago”, he said, according to WAM.

The cultural space will be open to the public this Wednesday (6).

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani