HAPPY BIRTH­DAY LOU­VRE

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, first uni­ver­sal mu­seum in the Arab world, turns a year old to­day. As Lou­vre has be­come a must-see place for celebrity vis­i­tors, here is a look at its suc­cess in the first year:

Lou­vre Abu Dhabi’s vision is to cel­e­brate cross­cul­tural con­nec­tions that tran­scend ge­ogra­phies and civilisations, to see hu­man­ity in a new light

Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al Mubarak,

chair­man, Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

abu dhabi — Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, a glow­ing ex­am­ple of the UAE’s abil­ity to ex­e­cute a vi­sion­ary idea suc­cess­fully, com­pletes one year to­day. The first uni­ver­sal mu­seum in the Arab world has so far at­tracted more than a mil­lion vis­i­tors with its prized as­sets.

A week-long events are be­ing planned to mark the first an­niver­sary of the iconic cul­tural at­trac­tion in the coun­try.

On the oc­ca­sion, Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al Mubarak, chair­man of Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCTA), on Satur­day, said: “We made the ‘im­pos­si­ble’ pos­si­ble,” adding that Lou­vre Abu Dhabi is an icon and favourite des­ti­na­tion among res­i­dents and tourists.

The jour­ney of Lou­vre Abu Dhabi started in 2007 when the UAE joined hands with France to de­velop a land­mark guide­line in cul­tural ex­change. A mu­seum in Abu Dhabi was a bold and risky ven­ture but to­day it is the har­bin­ger of hope, new iden­tity and dy­namism in the re­gion.

Al Mubarak added: “Our strong col­lab­o­ra­tion with our French and re­gional part­ners sup­ports the mu­seum’s mis­sion to tell uni­ver­sal sto­ries and we thank them.

“Yet our great­est suc­cess, 10 years in the mak­ing, is the next gen­er­a­tion of Emi­rati mu­seum pro­fes­sion­als who are trained to the high­est stan­dard in the cul­tural sec­tor and are lead­ers in their field. Lou­vre Abu Dhabi’s vision is to cel­e­brate cross-cul­tural con­nec­tions that tran­scend ge­ogra­phies and civilisations, to see hu­man­ity in a new light.”

Mix of vis­i­tors

The mu­seum sees a di­verse mix of vis­i­tors with res­i­dents mak­ing up to 40 per cent of the to­tal num­ber. There are peo­ple ar­riv­ing from the re­gion, Europe, Asia, the US and many other parts of the world.

In­di­ans are the top na­tion­al­ity of vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing tourists and res­i­dents, fol­lowed by Emi­ratis who are num­ber one re­peat vis­i­tors. Sig­nif­i­cantly, 47 per cent of the mu­seum’s staff mem­bers are Emi­ratis.

The mu­seum has hosted more than 1,000 school trips, 5,000

guided tours, work­shops and mas­ter classes, and hosted 115 spe­cial events from Bait Al Oud per­for­mances to talks, film screen­ings and con­certs with more than 400 artists from 22 coun­tries.

Manuel Ra­bate, the musuem di­rec­tor, said: “We have ac­cess to some of the most in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tions and ben­e­fit from col­lab­o­rat­ing with some of the world’s most qual­i­fied mu­seum ex­perts. Be­ing a young mu­seum in this re­gion em­pow­ers us to be ex­per­i­men­tal and en­cour­ages us to be agile to ap­peal to our in­cred­i­bly di­verse au­di­ences. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing many more vis­i­tors in the ex­cit­ing years to come.”

One mil­lion vis­i­tors also jus­tify Abu Dhabi’s ap­petite for a mu­seum, ac­cord­ing to him.

Jean-Luc Martinez, pres­i­dent di­rec­tor of Musee du Lou­vre, and pres­i­dent of the Sci­en­tific Coun­cil of Agence France-Mu­se­ums, wel­comed more peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence

the magic of Lou­vre Abu Dhabi.

“The ex­cep­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the French mu­seum part­ners and our col­leagues in the UAE is at the heart of this suc­cess thanks to the qual­ity of the 300 loans ex­hib­ited along­side a rich Emi­rati col­lec­tion,” Martinez said.

Lou­vre Abu Dhabi is a sym­bol of the suc­cess of the UAE cap­i­tal’s di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion plan with re­gards to tourism and pro­ject­ing it­self as the cul­tural cap­i­tal of the world.

Lou­vre Abu Dhabi’s vision is to cel­e­brate cross­cul­tural con­nec­tions that tran­scend ge­ogra­phies and civilisations, to see hu­man­ity in a new light.” Mo­hamed Khal­ifa Al Mubarak, chair­man, DCTA

Lou­vre Abu Dhabi has made a mark in the cul­tural land­scape of the UAE in a short span of time, at­tract­ing peo­ple from across the world. The mu­seum turns one to­day.

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