Abu Dhabi and Paris sign museam deal

07 January 2008

The Abu Dhabi government has signed an agreement with Paris on the operating framework for the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, with the appointment of an engineering consultant due to follow soon.

France’s Culture Minister Christine Albanel, the French Museums Agency executive director Bruno Maquart and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon al-Nahyan signed an agreement which covers the theming of the exhibition halls, exhibition guidelines, educational initiatives and training for UAE nationals.

The agreement is part of the management arrangement for the museum that is one of five major museums planned for Saadiyat island. Jean Nouvel is the architect for the museum.

The French Museums Agency is responsible for much of the planning for the Louvre Abu Dhabi and is advising on the architecture, acquisitions strategy, loan policy, temporary exhibitions and visitor services, as well as educational programming.

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