Paris: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the French Cabinet Headquarters on Wednesday.
Sheikh Mohammed on Wednesday visited the Louvre Museum in Paris and toured the various galleries and halls of the world’s most famous, and most visited museum.
Sheikh Mohammed viewed many of the museum’s acquisitions including a number of oil paintings, statues, and sculptures from ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilisations.
The tour also included the Islamic Art Department of the museum that includes various Islamic artifacts such as paintings, sculptures, ornaments, and calligraphy of Quranic verses, many of which were imported from Egypt following Napoleon’s campaign in 1798.
Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the importance of national museums as preservers and guardians of history, art and heritage of any country, making them a source of information for the next generations, as it is their right to learn about their nation’s civilisation, history and culture.
Sheikh Mohammed also praised the French people’s prestigious past and present, noting that it is a civilisation worthy of appreciation and exploration, containing a history full of national and human achievements for the French people.
During the PM meeting, which saw the attendance of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed and his French counterpart discussed ways to develop strategic partnership between the UAE and France, especially in the field of trade exchange and economic, cultural and academic domains.
Talks also focused on the role of the French community and companies operating in the UAE and their role in the economic development, building as well as sustainable development in the country.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the French culture and history, expressing happiness in his visit to the Louvre Museum and his acquaintance with the French prestigious culture, heritage and civilisation.