Souraya Noujaim was appointed the first scientific, curatorial and collections management director at Louvre Abu Dhabi after four years as curator for Islamic Art and head of the medieval times section at the museum through Agence France-Museums.
"Souraya was nominated based on the intergovernmental agreement between the Government of Abu Dhabi and France, and we are now delighted to appoint her to this fundamental role, in which she will continue to contribute significantly to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s vision as a universal museum," stated Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
The role will play a vital role in the museum’s mission to be a universal, human civilisation museum, and Noujaim will aid in assembling and helping visitors journey through the institution and its 12 thematic chapters outlining key milestones through time. It currently has 620 works in its collection, along with artefacts on loan from French institutions that had previously not left the country for two centuries.
Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, shared in a statement that "The path is illustrated by Louvre Abu Dhabi’s rich collection of masterpieces and artefacts, which originated from across the world. Souraya Noujaim has been instrumental not only during Louvre Abu Dhabi’s path to the opening but also for the conception of the scientific and cultural project. We are confident that she will also contribute substantially to the museum’s future success."