Louvre Abu Dhabi represents one of the grandest cultural partnerships ever formed between two countries. The collaboration between Abu Dhabi, Musée du Louvre and sixteen other French museums and institutional partners creates a new centre of cultural gravity, and offers the Arab world a global museum supported by French expertise.

The governments of France and Abu Dhabi

The foundations of Louvre Abu Dhabi were laid by an intergovernmental agreement signed between the highest leaders of Abu Dhabi and France on 6 March 2007. This marked the beginning of a cultural project never seen or attempted before.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is overseen by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DTC Abu Dhabi), the entity that develops and promotes the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as an inspired global destination, rich in cultural authenticity and diverse natural offerings with the aim of supporting Abu Dhabi’s evolution into an excellent, sustainable destination of distinction.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Preservation of cultural heritage is part of a long historical tradition in the UAE. Nurtured by its first leaders and carefully cultivated over the years, this respect for customs continues to flourish from generation to generation.

With the aim of supporting Abu Dhabi’s evolution into a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction led by the Abu Dhabi Plan, DTC’s role is threefold: to nurture the understanding and appreciation of arts and culture of the UAE. To integrate the dynamic culture of historic and contemporary Abu Dhabi, and build bridges between cultures based on tolerance, acceptance and understanding; and to protect the emirate’s historical sites and preserve its long-standing cultural heritage.

Agence France-Muséums

The first result of the 2007 intergovernmental agreement was the creation of Agence France-Muséums. Chaired by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, Agence France-Muséums is responsible for gathering major French cultural institutions and museums for the sake of developing, enhancing and supporting the creation of Louvre Abu Dhabi. Using its expertise, Agence France-Muséums provides assistance to authorities of the United Arab Emirates in the following areas:

  1. Defining the scientific and cultural programme
  2. Assisting in project management for architecture, including museography, signage and multimedia projects
  3. Coordinating the loans from French collections and organisation of temporary exhibitions
  4. Guiding the creation of a permanent collection
  5. Supporting the museum’s visitor policy

Musée du Louvre and partners

A product of the French Revolution of 1789, Musée du Louvre in Paris is widely regarded today as the greatest museum of the world. Today it is an instantly recognisable symbol of excellence within the world of museums.

Founded in 1793, Musée du Louvre is one of the world’s oldest and largest cultural institutions. The museum's collection covers the history of mankind from antiquity to 1848 and from the Americas to Asia. Musée du Louvre’s universal scope is clear from the sheer variety of its collections, its global influence confirmed by the diversity of its nearly 8 million annual visitors. Musée du Louvre is committed to sharing its name and values with Abu Dhabi through this remarkable and innovative project.

Apart from Musée du Louvre, the other sixteen French prestigious partners include:

  1. Musée d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie
  2. Centre Pompidou
  3. Bibliothèque nationale de France
  4. Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
  5. Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet
  6. Musée Rodin
  7. Château de Versailles
  8. Musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge
  9. Musée des Arts décoratifs
  10. Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres et Limoges
  11. Musée d’archéologie nationale – Saint Germain en Laye
  12. Château de Fontainebleau
  13. Etablissement public de la Réunion des musées nationaux et du Grand Palais
  14. Domaine national de Chambord
  15. Ecole du Louvre
  16. OPPIC (Opérateur du Patrimoine et des Projets Immobiliers de la Culture)
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