Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates 1m visitors in first year

UAE residents have rapidly adopted the museum and made it a favorite destination to gather with family and friends. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 12 November 2018
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Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates 1m visitors in first year

The Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Saturday that it welcomed more than 1 million visitors in its first year, establishing itself as one of the leading cultural institutions on the global stage. 

Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), said: “One year ago we spoke about the Louvre Abu Dhabi as Abu Dhabi’s gift to the world — and today we are proud to have shared it with more than 1 million visitors already ... Our greatest success, 10 years in the making, is the next generation of Emirati museum professionals who are trained to the highest standard in the cultural sector and are leaders in their field.”

“The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s vision is to celebrate cross-cultural connections that transcend geographies and civilizations, to see humanity in a new light,” he added.

UAE residents have rapidly adopted the museum and made it a favorite destination to gather with family and friends. They represent 40 percent of the museum’s total number of visitors. Emirati nationals are in the top two nationalities of residents who visited the museum and is the top nationality of repeat visitors. The museum has 5,000 members to its loyalty program (Art Club).

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has also become a global magnet for international visitors who account for 60 percent of visits. The museum is driving tourism to the emirate and visitors come from all parts of the globe, including the Middle East, Europe and Asia, with France, Germany, China, UK, the US, India and GCC being the top visitors. Overall, India is the top nationality of visitors, including Indian tourists and UAE residents.

The museum has hosted more than 1,000 school trips, 5,000 guided tours, workshops and masterclasses, and programed 115 special events from Bait Al-Oud performances to talks, film screenings and concerts with more than 400 artists from 22 countries including a major show by British pop star Dua Lipa to celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday. 

Forty-seven percent of the museum’s staff members are Emirati and a group of talented up-and-coming Emirati curators are working on the collection and in the permanent galleries, as well as in the education and mediation teams.

Manuel Rabaté, director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “Before the opening, we were often asked if there was an appetite for museums in Abu Dhabi and the amazing response we’ve had in our first year is proving that there is. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors in the exciting years to come.”

Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of Musée du Louvre and president of the Scientific Council of Agence France-Muséums, said: “One year ago, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which some described as the most beautiful museum in the world, opened. Today, I pay tribute to an undeniable success: The museum appeals to and charms audiences.”


Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 23 April 2019
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Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) that focuses on developing a robust student-exchange program by facilitating training opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The agreement was signed by Ramsey Morad, Allergan’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, and Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the university. The MoU is in line with the Kingdom’s overall efforts to drive more cooperation levels between the public and private sectors, with the underlying objective to integrate Saudi nationals into various fields within the health-care sector.

Under the agreement, Allergan will provide training courses on an annual basis for students at the College of Pharmacy as well as programs to develop their scientific and medical knowledge and align them to international industry best practices. Students will be assessed according to set parameters, and the top performers will earn an internship opportunity with the company

In addition, Allergan will run courses for faculty members at the College of Pharmacy with a focus on leadership skills.

Morad said: “We have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Kingdom and toward the realization of Vision 2030. We are placing a very high emphasis on developing the local capabilities of Saudi nationals within the health-care sector, and this partnership with a leading university in the region is one of the steps we are taking. Saudi Arabia is at the heart of our operations in the region, and this MoU represents a key milestone in our efforts to attract the young minds of tomorrow and integrate them as core members of our Allergan team.” 

Al-Shamsan said: “We are proud to partner with Allergan to implement internationally recognized knowledge-based programs for the development of our students. With this MoU, we are focusing on the enhancement and development of the pharmaceutical sector across the Kingdom. We are guided by the mission to provide students experiences to learn from international best practices and, at the same time, work toward the improvement of the quality of the pharmaceutical sector in the Kingdom.”

Allergan said it is committed to a wide range of programs with health-care professionals, patients and national entities across the Kingdom. The company’s investments through its joint venture, Allergan Saudi Arabia, include the development of medical training centers focused on training health-care professionals in medical aesthetics.