Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre opens in Paris

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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre opens in Paris

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre opens in Paris

(Paris) – The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre was inaugurated at a special ceremony at the Musee du Louvre in the French capital.
The Centre, located in the Pavillon de l’Horloge, pays tribute to the UAE’s founding father. It will tell the history of the Louvre and will also help to interpret the collections held at the museum to millions of visitors every year and will further strengthen collaboration between the UAE and France, particularly in the cultural field.
Among those attending the inauguration were His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, France’s President Francois Hollande, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA, Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and Saif Ghobash, the TCA Director-General.
Speeches during the opening ceremony were made by both H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and by President Hollande.
In his speech, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah thanked President Hollande for his warm words, which he said, were a translation of the strong bonds between the leaderships, governments and peoples of the UAE and France. He also conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the people of the UAE.
Culture, he said, can unite humanity, reminding us all that there are common denominators that link everyone.
Sheikh Abdullah said, “Today, we are present in one of the most prestigious cultural landmarks in the world, where human culture and those who are looking for inspiration meet”.
Noting the progress in the development of the French-UAE relations in various political, economic and military levels, he added that “today we witness the result of that level of cultural relations between the two countries. We are witnessing the culmination of the growing of this relationship through the opening of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre on the history of the collectibles of the Louvre Palace in Paris. This historic event stresses the important humanitarian principle which was outlined by the saying of the late Sheikh Zayed, which says, ‘Educating people is a great wealth that we cherish, as education is a wealth from which we build the future on a scientific basis.'”
(Courtesy WAM)