On Wednesday evening, officials unveiled Louvre Abu Dhabi in the luxurious capital of the UAE.
It’s a huge cultural “commercial” project that took a decade to accomplish as they’ve been working on it ever since the agreement between Abu Dhabi and Paris in 2007.
French experts who are well-known for their skills in establishing museums are behind this great museum which decorated Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. It’s a message of tolerance, diversity and openness in a world where guardians of extremism want to propagate hatred, narrow-mindedness and intolerance.
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The world, whether the ancient one or the modern one, would not have achieved success, engaged in trade and created civilizations and cultures if it hadn’t been for diversity and influential social interaction.
The old trade paths passed through the Arabian Peninsula and its seas from the East to the West. This activity over the centuries helped transfer cultures and learn new terms and habits. It also led to many people relocating to other areas and to the exchange and development of various produce and merchandise.
It’s a message of tolerance, diversity and openness in a world where guardians of extremism want to propagate hatred and intoleranceMashari Althaydi
Renaissance in Saudi Arabia
There is a huge renaissance in Saudi Arabia in terms of respecting the high value of the kingdom’s antiques throughout the eras. The first international gathering on Saudi antiques is currently being held in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage arranged it.
Establishing huge museums is part of the Saudi national project. The vision’s godfather Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman once asked: “Is it possible that the most important Islamic country does not have an Islamic museum?” and promised that the Saudi Islamic museum will be the largest in the world.
Louvre Abu Dhabi includes a room that displays a copy of the holy Quran that dates back to the 19th century. The copy was handwritten with gold water on blue manuscripts. There is also a copy of Torah and a copy of the Bible that dates back to the 13th century.
In addition to these old manuscripts, there are also paintings by major artists and sculptors whose works nourish the aesthetic sense and deepen one’s reflective and critique capabilities. These create a delicate conscience, or they’re supposed to.
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The museum also has economic benefits as experts said it will receive around 5,000 visitors during the first days after it was opened. This sends a significant message, particularly during these difficult times. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed said opening the Louvre reflected a multicultural heritage.
Meanwhile, the President of France, the UAE’s partner, Emmanuel Macron, commented on inaugurating the museum and said those who want to make others think that Islam is built by destroying others are “liars.”
We want more of these wonderful achievements that end darkness and transition into glorious light.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.