With the Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open its doors in 2017, the museum has appointed Manuel Rabaté as Director and Hissa Al Dhaheri as Deputy Director of the institution. Taking the helm as Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabaté is a French national whose accolades include the prestigious Knight of the National Order of Merit from France. Manuel’s previous appointments include his role as Deputy Director of Musée du Louvre, where he introduced new programmes for the Islamic Arts department as well as his position as Deputy Director of cultural development for Musée du quai Branly, which presented the exhibition, Masques - Beauté des Esprits at the Bahrain National Museum in 2008. Joining Manuel to manage and oversee the implementation of the museum is Hissa Al Dhaheri. As a UAE national, Hissa's wealth of experience includes her previous role developing human capital for the Saadiyat Cultural District Museums and the establishment of the Museum Scholarship Programme for Emirati nationals.
His Excellency, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), announced the significance of the institution’s new leadership stating,
The prestigious art institution is designed by the iconic architect Jean Nouvel, to evoke an Arab madina, derived from the Arabic word for city – which aims to present a prominent showcase of ancient and contemporary art works from across the world in a series of permanent galleries and temporary exhibition spaces. With more than 600 art works acquired to date and 300 loaned works from French institutions, the Louvre Abu Dhabi sets to position the Emirate as a leading art and cultural epicentre in the Middle East.
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