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French Culture Minister tours Louvre Abu Dhabi

Delegation visits the museum’s mock-up gallery and site to witness the advanced construction milestones achieved including the completion of the dome
Abu Dhabi, November 4, 2014 - Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), today welcomed Her Excellency Fleur Pellerin, French Minister of Culture and Communication, along with a French delegation, for a visit to Saadiyat. Pellerin’s visit to the capital coincides with the opening of Abu Dhabi Art, the leading annual art fair that takes place on Saadiyat, which runs from November 5 – 8, 2014.
The French Minister and delegates were greeted by Ali Al Hammadi, TDIC’s CEO, Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize winning architect who designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Michel Miraillet, the French Ambassador to the UAE. They were then given a tour of the Louvre Abu Dhabi construction site in the Saadiyat Cultural District, where they witnessed the great strides achieved in the museum’s construction including the completion of the dome’s structural steel frame. The delegation also viewed the museum’s mock-up galleries, which are a testing ground to verify, evaluate and, ultimately, seek approvals for the architectural quality and aesthetics of works for the museum – both internally and externally.  
“We are pleased to welcome Her Excellency Fleur Pellerin and the French delegation to Saadiyat and to brief them on great strives achieved in the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi,” said Al Hammadi.
Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681-square-metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum's permanent collection taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary through art works from different civilisations. The Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards.  
Louvre Abu Dhabi, when completed, will be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District. These feature Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi- both also designed by world-renowned Pritzker-prize winning architects. 

About Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)    

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), established in 2006 and fully owned by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, is a master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi.
These include Saadiyat, a natural island ten minutes drive from downtown Abu Dhabi featuring luxury resorts, championship beachfront golf courses, sophisticated residential communities, retail destinations and cultural institutions - designed by world-renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architects - such as Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TDIC is also developing Desert Islands, a heritage-based tourism destination composed of eight islands - Sir Bani Yas Island, the historical Dalma Island and the previously unexplored Discovery Islands.
TDIC has built a strong reputation among international industry players for its compelling value proposition, transparency of business approach and ability to deliver. The company has been awarded high investment grade ratings of A1, AA, and AA by three top credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, respectively. These ratings reflect TDIC’s strong financial position and support the company’s credit worthiness to investors, lenders and other market participants.
By creating investment partnerships and joint ventures, TDIC’s developments are helping to support the Emirate’s evolution into a world-class destination for tourists, businesses and residents. TDIC offers significant employment and vocational training opportunities for Emiratis keen to enhance their careers and professional qualifications.
For further information, please visit http://www.tdic.ae. 

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CONTACT  Samia Badih  •  PHONE  +971 2 6930690  •  EMAIL  sbadih@tdic.ae