a 5th anniversary marred by controversy

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak.  - Credit:KARIM SAHIB / AFP

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak. – Credit:KARIM SAHIB / AFP

Owhere we look, Saadiyat Islanda huge district entirely dedicated to culture and the arts, is still bristling with cranes, diggers and scaffolding. The Guggenheim construction sitesigned Frank Gehry, has been delayed and the museum will not open its doors until 2025.

Opposite him, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary of opening and already shows 3.2 million visitors despite the sudden shutdown of the Covid, is therefore a sumptuous snub to our American competitors: in the vast cultural Monopoly that is being played out in this region of the world between the great Western powers, France, in Abu Dhabi, clearly has a head start.

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To celebrate this anniversary, the French and Emirati partners are displaying, under the graceful dome of the museum designed by Jean Nouvel, an officially flawless solidarity. “These are the tests that seal the most beautiful love stories”, dares all the same at the microphone, bravado, the Minister of French Culture Rima Abdul-Malak turning to Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.

A path strewn with pitfalls

Because trials, needless to deny, there have been. The violent inaugural opposition, first, aroused in France by the intergovernmental agreement signed in 2007 with Abu Dhabi and which a number of personalities from the French museum world then described as a p […] Read more

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