Posted on 14 June 2013.
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met with the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the French Cabinet Headquarters on Wednesday.
During the meeting, which also included Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Prime Minister 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.
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.
The meeting was also attended by various dignitaries from the Dubai government.
Louvre Museum visit
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also visited the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Touring the various galleries and halls of the world’s most famous and most visited museum housing one of the most impressive art collections in history, the Dubai ruler 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 Bonaparte’s campaign in 1798.
During his tour, in which he was accompanied by Director of the Dubai Ruler’s Office Lt. General Musabah Rashid Al Fattan, Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Department Khalifa Saeed Suleiman and other officials, His Highness was briefed on the history of the museum which was originally built as a fortress in 1190, but was reconstructed in the 16th century to serve as a royal palace.
The Louvre houses more than a million antiques representing different kinds of world art.
Highlighting the importance of national museums, as guardians and preservers of any country’s heritage, art and history, Sheikh Mohammed said that these museums are a source of information for successive generations to get to know their history, heritage and culture.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the French people’s prestigious past and present, noting that the French Civilisation is worthy of appreciation and exploration.
Meeting with Emirati students
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also met with Emiratis studying in French universities, at the UAE Embassy headquarters in Paris, accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Dubai ruler expressed happiness in meeting the students and inquiring about their educational and living conditions, asserting that all Emirati students abroad have the attention, care and follow-up of the UAE leadership.
Addressing the students, HH Sheikh Mohammed urged them to seek knowledge even if you have to go to China, adding, “You are studying abroad to go back to your homeland that awaits you to contribute to its development and build a modern state that cherishes its work teams that work diligently and faithfully to keep our country in the lead and to instill in our people the love for No 1.”
He added: “You are our ambassadors abroad and you should be at the level of responsibility bearing difficulties and challenges in order to achieve your goals, gain knowledge and science and to go back to your homeland to translate what you have learnt and acquired on the ground to serve your country, people and your community.”
HH Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE is moving forward to achieve number 1 in the various sectors of administration, services, economy, education and sustainable development, with all its components.
Before the end of the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed along with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed posed for photographs with the students who expressed pride in meeting with His Highness and listening to his guidance and advice, hailing his far-sighted vision of the future of the Emirati youth and UAE.
The UAE delegation was also present in the meeting along with the UAE Ambassador to France Mohammed Mir Abdullah Al Raisi and UAE Embassy staff.
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