HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUVRE
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.